Trial of man accused of killing underage girlfriend postponed

29-year old Gift Sibondo is accused of the murder and rape of 15-year-old Japhta.

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CAPE TOWN - The pretrial hearing of a man accused of killing 15-year old Elda Japhta has been postponed.

The 29-year old Gift Sibondo is accused of the murder and rape of Japhta whose body he allegedly hid under his bed in Zwelitsha informal settlement in Bredasdorp.

Japhta's body was discovered in June 2015.

Gift Sibondo made a brief appearance in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

He was arrested in 2015 after his girlfriend Japhta's body was found under his bed in the shack they'd been living in.

Sibondo faces 10 charges, including kidnapping, rape, statutory rape, and murder.

During a previous court appearance, the state argued the Zimbabwean national first kidnapped Japhta in September 2013.

Sibondo will remain in police custody until his next appearance.