Ketani murder case investigating officer hospitalised

Captain Gerhard van Wyk is the state's final witness and has already spent five days on the stand.

FILE: State witness and investigating officer in the Betty Ketani murder trial, captain Gerhard van Wyk. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The investigating officer in the Betty Ketani murder case has been hospitalised, which has led to another delay in the trial.

Captain Gerhard van Wyk is the state's final witness, who has already spent five days on the stand and is now under cross-examination.

Three men are on trial for killing Ketani 15 years ago in a crime described in a hidden confession found under a carpet.

The confession was found 12 years after Ketani vanished without a trace and led to six men being arrested.

Three of the accused struck deals with prosecutors and three men, Carrington Laughton, the alleged author of the confession, and two policemen brothers, Carel and David Ranger are on trial for kidnapping and murdering Ketani.

Prosecutor Herman Broodryk this morning informed the court that Van Wyk has been admitted to a Vereeniging hospital.

He said he's due to see a specialist on Wednesday and it's hoped there will then be a diagnosis.

Van Wyk had complained of intense headaches and battled to focus in the witness box, leading to several days of court being missed.

It's expected the defence will fight any attempt by the state to secure a lengthy postponement.

The policeman is a crucial witness who is being questioned about the entire investigation.