Friend of Murdered Hannah Cornelius Concludes Testimony

An emotional Cheslin Marsh is comforted by his mother, Marilyn Marsh, during a tea break in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Zodidi Dano/Cape Argus


CAPE TOWN: The friend of Hannah Cornelius who was kidnapped and later raped and murdered, has concluded his testimony in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

Cheslin Marsh, who was the only witness to the kidnapping of the 21-year-old Maties student was emotional on the stand. He recalled being taken out of the car by the attackers and led to a bushy area.

He told the court: “I was told to put my head on a brick and I closed my eyes and prayed while the two men were each holding a brick over my head.”

He said he only regained consciousness the following afternoon.

Cornelius was last seen hours before her death with Marsh, before they were brutally attacked by four men while in her car in Bird Street, Stellenbosch.

“My whole body was in pain, but I could stand. I looked around to see where am I, and ran to the first house I saw,” an emotional Marsh said.

He remembered climbing the wall to the house and the home owners calling the police.

He was rushed to Kraaifontein Day Hospital where he received treatment and was later transferred to Tygerberg Hospital, and later Paarl Hospital.

Marsh was found by a couple, Averal and Margaret Fortuin, in Barnardino Heights. He had sustained serious head injuries and a broken arm.

Cornelius’s Citi Golf was later believed to have been used in an armed robbery in Northpine, between Brackenfell and Kraaifontein.

Vernon Witbooi, Gerald Parsons, Eben Van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are on trial for her murder.