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Jesse: second suspect appear in court

A second suspect appeared in court last week in connection with the murder of Jesse Hess, the University of Western Cape (UWC) student.

Chris Lategan (85), Jesse’s step-grandfather, also died in the attack.

The 37-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday 19 November and appeared in the Bellville magistrate’s court the next day with his co-accused, a 31-year-old man. The 31-year old, a relative of the student, was arrested two weeks ago in Struisbaai in the Overberg following an attack on a 16-year-old from Philippi. The suspect appeared in the Wynberg magistrate’s court on Friday 15 November in connection with the Philippi rape, robbery and attempted murder.

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, says both men are charged with two counts of murder and two counts of robbery with aggravating circumstances in the Parow case.

“More charges are likely to be added as the investigation is continuing.

“Accused one has a pending case of rape that is at the Wynberg magistrate’s court. He also has previous cases of rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances against him. He has abandoned bail and asked for legal aid to represent him.

“Accused two has a drug-related case pending and has previous convictions of possession of drugs and illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm,” Ntabazalila says.

The state is opposing bail.

In an earlier interview with the newspaper, Sandy Hess, the deceased’s aunt, said that the family always had a suspicion that two men had been involved in the attack on Friday 30 August at the Beaumont apartments in Victoria Street, Parow.

Sandy said the suspects fled with a big flat-screen television which required two people to carry.

Apart from this they also escaped with a handbag and two cell-phones.

Jesse (19), a former learner at Table View High School, studied theology at UWC. She was also a youth leader and Sunday school teacher at a church in Matroosfontein.

The case against the two suspects has been postponed to 12 February.

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