Courtney Pieters murder trial: State awaits outstanding items

The matter will be transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

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

CAPE TOWN - The case against a man accused of the rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River has been postponed to October.

The girl's body was found in a shallow grave in Epping in May, days after she was reported missing.

Mortimer Saunders was apparently renting a room in her family home.

A calm looking Saunders appeared briefly in the Goodwood magistrates court on Thursday morning.

The public gallery was again packed to capacity with friends and family of the deceased, as well as Elsies River residents.

The court heard that forensic investigations have been completed and reports have been obtained.

The State is, however, still waiting on two items that are outstanding.

The nature of the documents is unclear.

Saunders, aged 40, is due back in the dock on 6 October.

The matter will then be transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)