#CourtneyPieters: D-Day For Murder Accused Mortimer Saunders

Mortimer Saunders is accused of murdering 3-year-old Courtney Pieters. File picture: Noor Slamdien/African News Agency (ANA)
CAPE TOWN: Self-confessed child killer Mortimer Saunders, who is accused of raping and murdering three-year-old Courtney Pieters in May last year, will today hear his fate in  Western Cape High Court. At the time of the child’s death, Saunders was a lodger in her family’s home.
In May this year, Saunders admitted to killing the toddler by poisoning her – allegedly because he harboured ill feelings toward her mother. He  said it was not his intention to kill Courtney and that he just wanted to make her ill.
He has admitted to killing Courtney but steadfastly denied that he raped her. Forensic evidence has also failed to conclusively prove that the little girl was raped. Saunders did, however, admit to performing a sex act on the corpse.
In September his defence attorney stunned the court by claiming that Saunders never admitted to killing Courtney, despite his plea explanation being entered into the court record.
Judgment in the case was set down for two days last month but was postponed to this week. Three days have been set aside for the verdict.