Cuburne van Wyk murder trial to resume

Nathaniel Katlego Mpoku is accused of kidnapping and killing Van Wyk in Reiger Park last year.

Curburne van Wyk went missing in Reiger Park last year. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The trial against a man accused of murdering four-year-old Cuburne van Wyk is set to continue in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge this morning.

Nathaniel Katlego Mpoku is accused of kidnapping and killing the boy in an informal settlement in Reiger Park in August last year.

His body was discovered by a passer-by at a mine dump three days after he went missing.

The police officer who first collected clues of the crime scene is expected to continue testifying this morning.

Captain Phillip Radebe earlier told the court that three DNA swabs were taken from the scene.

One was from Van Wyk's parents so that he could be identified, one was from a suspect and the other from a jersey found next to the little boy's body.

Forensic pathologists testified that Van Wyk died as a result of both strangulation and being burnt alive.