State pins hopes on DNA in Jasmin case
Prosecutors in the rape and murder case hope DNA samples taken from Jasmin’s uncle will implicate him.
JOHANNESBURG - The state is hoping that DNA samples taken from the man accused of raping and killing his four-year old niece Jasmin Pretorius on the East Rand will strengthen its case against him.
The little girl's body was found under a bed in her father's house in Brakpan last month.
Her 23-year-old uncle appeared in court on Monday morning where the matter was postponed until March.
The results from the blood tests are expected to reveal whether the man can be linked to the rape.
He now has legal representation but has not yet indicated whether he intends to apply for bail.
Angry community members demonstrated outside court this morning, calling for the death penalty to be reinstated.
A police Nyala believed to be carrying the suspect crashed into a civilian car as it left the court.
Pretorius's father Morné was also in court.
Morné Pretorius at the Brakpan Magistrates Court on 13 January 2014. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.
He told relatives that he wanted to see the accused, despite security concerns after members of the community accused him of neglecting his daughter by leaving her with her uncle.
Jasmin and her older sister were picked up by their father 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.
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.