Judgment expected in Mortimer Saunders murder trial

Mortimer Saunders was arrested last May for the murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River.

Mortimer Saunders, who confessed to the murder and rape of Courtney Pieters, is seen in the Western Cape High Court on 17 October 2018. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Judgment will be delivered in the trial of a self-confessed child killer over the next several days.

Mortimer Saunders was arrested last May for the murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River.

The judge has set aside three days to hand down his verdict.

Saunders has admitted to poisoning and choking Pieters because she was annoying him.

During the trial, the prosecution refused to accept a guilty plea, because Saunders claimed the murder was not premeditated. He also pleaded not guilty to raping the little girl.

But Saunders has admitted to necrophilia.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)