‘KILLER’: Brown, 25. Photo: Supplied
‘KILLER’: Brown, 25. Photo: Supplied
GONE: Stacey Adams. Photo: Supplied
GONE: Stacey Adams. Photo: Supplied
MESSAGE: Words written near where Stacey's body was found. Photo: Venecia Valentine
MESSAGE: Words written near where Stacey's body was found. Photo: Venecia Valentine
LOOTED: Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Photo: Venecia Valentine
LOOTED: Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Photo: Venecia Valentine
IN RUINS: Main house, with Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Photo: Venecia Valentine
IN RUINS: Main house, with Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Photo: Venecia Valentine
IN RUINS: Main house is being looted on a daily basis. Photo: Venecia Valentine
IN RUINS: Main house is being looted on a daily basis. Photo: Venecia Valentine
STRIPPED: Every day people come to loot and vandalise property. Photo: Venecia Valentine
STRIPPED: Every day people come to loot and vandalise property. Photo: Venecia Valentine
The family of the man accused of the rape and murder of six-year-old Stacey Lee Adams says although they fear for their lives, they want to move back home.

The family fled when angry Mitchells Plain residents set fire to their house after Stacey’s body was found buried on their property.

Christopher Brown, 25, allegedly confessed to killing the child and sexually abusing her dead body before burying her in a shallow grave next to his Wendy house.

He is the boyfriend of Stacey’s mom, Sasha Lee Adams, 25, and has been arrested and charged with the child’s murder and rape.

Stacey’s clothing - a white tights, long-sleeved sweater and black slippers - was found in a wheelie bin next to the grave.

Margaret Bruiners, Brown’s aunt and the owner of the property in De La Rey Street in Eastridge, says her house is being looted.

IN RUINS: Main house, with Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Video: Venecia Valentine

A 54-year-man who also lived on the property says he watched skelms loot his Wendy house.

“I just rented on the property, but my home was also damaged. Now every day all I do is watch people taking the remains from the property,” he says.

“Some guys took my roofing in day light and didn’t care, but what can I do?”

All electrical wiring and plumbing have been removed from the house and every socket stands empty.

There are also no doors or windows on the house.

Margaret, 55, and 17 relatives, including her seven grandchildren and Brown’s father, have since moved to a town several hours out of Cape Town for their own safety.

“The residents burnt my house and didn’t care about the seven grandchildren, of which one is disabled. They stoned my house while myself and all the kids were inside the house,” says Margaret.

“I’m sorry about what happened to Stacey, but if it was Christopher they were after, then why damage my house? He lived in a Wendy house on my property, not inside my house,” the ouma says.

IN RUINS: Main house, with Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Video: Venecia Valentine

She says on that Sunday, she was busy dishing up lunch, but the family never got to enjoy it.

“I just want the community to know that me and my family had no dealing in anything Christopher did. In fact, we were at a 50th birthday party in our street at the time and Christopher’s little brother was with us. Now residents are saying he was involved when he wasn’t even at home.”

In his alleged confession, Brown said he had asked his little brother to go and buy drugs to get him out of the house as he wanted to bury Stacey.

Margaret says she will have to rebuild her home, including buying new furniture and clothing for everyone.

IN RUINS: Main house, with Wendy on property in Eastridge, was burnt, looted and vandalised. Video: Venecia Valentine

“I never had such issues with my neighbours in all my 35 years of living there. There was the odd quarrel over kids making trouble, yes, but not to this extent.

“How do you rebuild 35 years of hard work?” says a tearful Margaret.

She says she spoke to Ward 79 councillor Solomon Philander who has agreed to fix the damages to her three-bedroom maisonette.

Philander on Sunday confirmed the City will fix the property.

Brown is back in the Mitchells Plain Magistrates’ Court on 24 July.

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