Friend of Murdered Hannah Cornelius To Testify

Dad Sentenced court
Friend of slain Hannah Cornelius expected to continue testimony about their ordeal. Image: IOL

CAPE TOWN: The Western Cape High Court is expected to hear the testimony of a friend who was with Hannah Cornelius the night she was raped and murdered.

22-year-old Cheslin Marsh was unable to continue with his testimony on Wednesday because he was overwhelmed with emotion and cried most of the time.

The court had to adjourn proceedings.

He is understood to have suffered severe head and body injuries after he was left for dead that night.

In court, the accused, Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius, sat few metres away from Marsh. They face several charges, including murder, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and rape.

Marsh, the State’s first witness, recalled how the night unfolded after Cornelius insisted on giving him a lift home.

The men allegedly accosted the pair in her VW Citi Golf at the corner of Jan Celliers and Bird streets in the early hours of May 27, 2017.

They were taken to a bushy area where the assault took place.

Cornelius’s body was discovered in morning on the side of a road, near a wine farm outside Stellenbosch.

A video recording of the statement made by Witbooi played in court on Wednesday, detailed his version of what had happened on the night Cornelius was killed.

His confession implicated a fifth suspect in the crime, who has not yet been apprehended.