Jasmin accused’s police van crashes

A Nyala carrying Jasmin’s alleged murderer crashed outside the Brakpan Magistrates Court.

Police gather around a vehicle hit by a Nyala carrying Jasmin Pretorius's uncle out of the Brakpan Magistrates Court, 13 January 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

BRAKPAN - A police Nyala believed to be transporting the man accused of raping and killing Jasmin Pretorius has been involved in an accident outside court in Brakpan.

The four-year-old's body was found under a bed in her father's house last month and her uncle is facing charges for the crimes.

The 23-year-old man appeared in the Brakpan Magistrates Court on Monday where his case was postponed until March to allow for further investigation.

As has been the case with his previous appearances, large crowds of community members gathered outside the court.

This time, they gathered around a truck with hanging ropes attached to poles as they called for the death penalty.

A police Nyala transporting the accused used another court exit to avoid the angry group and the media waiting outside.

But as it drove out the gate, it crashed into a civilian vehicle.

Police at the scene say the accused was then taken to holding cells in another police vehicle.

During his appearance in court, the accused appeared less emotional than on previous occasions.

He did not indicate any intention to apply for bail but has accepted the services of a state lawyer.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana attended the proceedings, saying the man should be denied bail.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana at the Brakpan Magistrates Court, 13 January 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

BACKGROUND

Jasmin and her older sister were picked up by their father Morné on 27 December from their home in Kempton Park.

The girls were meant to spend the weekend at his Brakpan flat which he shares with his mother.

The accused and his boyfriend also live in the flat.

Morné left his two girls in the care of their grandmother and uncle on Friday night to go out with his new girlfriend.

Morné Pretorius at the Brakpan Magistrates Court, 13 January 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

He was supposed to return later that night but didn't.

His mother told Eyewitness News she went to bed with Jasmin's six-year-old sister while Jasmin was left to sleep alone in her father's bedroom.

When she woke up the next day, Jasmin was gone.

A team of volunteers and police officers began looking for Jasmin, who was later found under a bed in the flat.

Jasmin was cremated a day after an emotional funeral service was held for her Brakpan on Wednesday last week.