From left are Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius. The trial of the men, accused of the muder, kidnapping and rape of Hannah Cornelius, resumed on Tuesday. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency (ANA)

CAPE TOWN: The trial of the accused in the murder of Maties student Hannah Cornelius has been postponed for three months to allow for a judge to be assigned to the case.

On Thursday, the friend of Cornelius and the only witness to her kidnapping, emotionally recounted in the Western Cape High court how he escaped with his life.

The 21-year-old student was found dead on the side of Koelenhof Road, close to a wine farm in Stellenbosch on May 27, last year. She had been raped.
State prosecutor, advocate Lenro Badenhorst, told the stand-in judge, Judge Daniel Thulare, that the Western Cape  Court roll was full and a judge was yet to be allocated to the case.

Alleged killers Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are facing charges of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.