Trial against Jasmin Pretorius accused finally resumes

The trial resumes after almost two years as the accused had to be sent for psychiatric observation.

Four-year-old Jasmin Pretorius. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of raping and killing his four-year-old niece Jasmin Pretorius is finally expected to stand trial in the High Court in Pretoria this week two years after the murder.

Family and friends of four-year-old are sitting on the bench in the first row of the public gallery, wearing pink T-shirts with Jasmin's picture on them.

The girl's little body was found under a bed in her father's Brakpan flat after she was reported missing.

Sarel du Toit joined the community in frantic search for his niece who disappeared in December 2013, but soon after, her body was found and he was arrested.

Jasmin and her older sister Jessica were spending the weekend with their father Morne Pretorius, when the crime happened.

However, he wasn't home that night and the two children had been left in the care of their grandmother.

The trial was postponed for almost a year so that du Toit could be sent for psychiatric observation, with the results expected to be revealed today.

Last year, his lawyer argued that he could not remember anything about the night in question.

Jasmin's mother Sasha Lee Bam says she is feeling extremely emotional today.

Bam and Morne Pretorius are both state witnesses.

The trial has been dragging on for two years since du Toit's first appearance in the Brakpan court.

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