Cold case suspects maintain innocence

Alleged confession letter author Carrington Laughton denied any wrongdoing through his lawyer.

The Betty Ketani murder trial is underway in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Three accused in the Betty Ketani murder trial on Tuesday maintained their innocence as the investigating officer in the case faced his last day of cross-examination.

After seven days in the witness box, Captain Gerhard van Wyk will be reexamined by the state on Wednesday.

The case will then once again be postponed.

Van Wyk was hospitalised last month for stress but continued testifying on Monday against three men accused of committing the crime 15 years ago.

Ketani was killed in a crime detailed in a hidden confession letter discovered under a carpet more than a decade after the crime.

That document is central to the state's case.

Speaking through his lawyer, alleged confession letter author Carrington Laughton issued another blanket denial of any wrongdoing.

His legal team continued to attack the chain of evidence in the case and questioned why some people were not investigated more thoroughly or even arrested.

Brothers Carel and David Ranger, who were both policemen at the time, also maintained they had nothing to do with the murder.

Carel claims he took rest days during some of the key moments in the timeline of this case, which sparked argument over the police's leave policy.

After 12 court weeks, the state is expected to close its case tomorrow.