Cold case: Investigating officer booked off until Jan

The court heard Captain Gerhard van Wyk can’t continue giving evidence this year because of stress.

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

JOHANNESBURG - It's emerged that the investigating officer in the Betty Ketani murder case has been booked off until next month due to stress.

The trial began in February and will now resume next year.

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 explained to the court that Captain Gerhard van Wyk can't continue giving evidence this year because of stress.

Van Wyk is the state's last witness and has already spent five days on the witness stand.

He's likely to return in January to finish being cross-examined.