People in the public gallery gasped in horror as Judge Chantal Fortuin read out the shocking testimony of a teenage meisie who was allegedly attacked by multi-murder accused Cameron Wilson.
It is alleged that Wilson had attacked Abigail Plaatjies and her friend Stacey Lee Mohale, 16, in Heinz Park near the R300 in April 2015.
Abigail was viciously assaulted, while Stacey Lee was raped, stoned and set alight, allegedly by Wilson and his accomplice, now 17.
Judge Fortuin was delivering her verdict in the Cape High Court trial for a second day, and indicated that Wilson would know his fate today, as the court goes into recess.
Wilson, 20, from Heinz Park, faces 15 charges including five counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and rape, one count of the possession of an illegal firearm and one count of the possession of illegal ammunition.
Also returning to court was the family of Valhalla Park teen Lekita Moore, who was murdered in September last year.
She had been stabbed 98 times and her breasts and vagina slashed, allegedly by Wilson.
Lekita’s mother, Shireen, who had a breakdown after her daughter’s brutal murder, and who has been in a drug rehabilitation for the past few months, was allowed to attend court proceedings for the first time.
Shireen looked horrified, and covered her mouth, eyes and ears as Fortuin recapped witness testimonies.
Mense listened intently as Fortuin read out Abigail’s testimony explaining how her friend sobbed and begged for mercy when she was raped.
Wilson’s young accomplice, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was instructed to throw rocks on the girls’ heads to make sure they were dead.
“The accused forced them to walk up to the bridge area close to the R300. The accused then raped Stacey-Lee. He then later stabbed the girls and they were set alight when a tyre and branches were placed on them.
“Stacey-Lee died on the scene. Abigail survived,” Fortuin read.
Fortuin also went into detail on the testimony of a resident who found the girls on the soccer field.
“The witness testified he saw smoke and went closer. He saw two girls lying next to each other, facing each other with their backs. Only the one was breathing and they were burning.
“The two girls also had wounds to their heads. The clothes the two girls had on were burning.
“The tyre that was alight was closer to the one girl who was no longer breathing. He then put the fire out with sand.
“The witness then contacted an ambulance. According to the witness, there were stones with blood lying nearby. On the scene, no one knew who the girls were or what happened.”
While most people in the gallery were wiping away tears and covering their ears as these gruesome details were repeated, Wilson’s family looked confident but did not react.
The victims’ families expressed disappointment at yet another delay but were happy to hear the matter would definitely be finalised today.
They declined to comment to the media.