January 17, 2019


Man accused of raping 8 boys

An Eldorado Park man in Johannesburg who allegedly lured a number of boys to his home by promising them a bicycle, before allegedly raping them, appeared in the High Court in Johannesburg yesterday. Twenty-three-year-old Kelvin Thompson faces charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual grooming. He pleaded not guilty to the crimes. Dressed in a red jersey and grey trousers, Thompson appeared calm during proceedings. He was arrested in August 2015 after he allegedly raped eight boys and sexually groomed another. The boys were between the ages of eight and 13. According to the indictment, Thompson committed the crimes between…

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Killer blames evil spirit

“I didn’t mean for things to turn out that way – that a girl had to lose her life. It was not my intention, my intention had been to rob her of her cellphone. I don’t know what evil spirit took hold of me.” That’s what Howard Oliver, 28, wrote in a letter of apology to the family and friends of Franziska Blöchliger, who he raped and murdered in Tokai Forest in 2016. The letter was read in the High Court in Cape Town yesterday by Oliver’s legal representative, Advocate Henk Carstens, in mitigation of sentence. “I want to ask…

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Breda’s first statement to police admitted into evidence

Henri van Breda’s initial statement to police on the day his parents and brother were murdered was yesterday admitted into evidence in his trial. Western Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai made the decision after almost a week-long trial-within-a-trial. Pieter Botha, for Van Breda, had argued that it be excluded as police had already seen his client as a suspect. This meant he was entitled to be warned that he did not have to make a statement, had the right to consult a lawyer, and to remain silent. It was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors, and it did not…

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