Courtney Pieters: Murder suspect not seeking bail yet

Wearing a black jacket, he stood still in the dock, seemingly rattled by the rapid clicking of cameras in front of him.

FILE: Murder accused Mortimer Saunders appears in the Goodwood magistrates court. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN – The case against an Elsies River man accused of rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters has once again been postponed in the Goodwood magistrates court.

Mortimer Saunders made a second appearance in the dock on Wednesday on charges of rape, kidnapping and murder.

Saunders was arrested a day after Pieters’ body was found in Epping on 13 May. The little girl was last seen on 4 May.

The case against Mortimer Saunders has been postponed to late August to give the court time to receive outstanding DNA and forensic reports and witness statements.

The court heard that Saunders will not be bringing a bail application at this stage.

Wearing a black jacket, he stood still in the dock, seemingly rattled by the rapid clicking of cameras in front of him.

Magistrate Paul Visagie then asked the media to stop taking photos because the sound of the cameras almost drowned out the prosecutor’s voice.

Saunders will remain behind bars until his next appearance on 24 August.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)