ANENE Booysen danced and downed beers with a close friend at a Bredasdorp pub before she was found by a security guard – disembowelled, her eyes swollen shut.
She had been raped and died hours later in hospital.
Yesterday Johannes Kana, charged with her rape and murder, appeared in the Swellendam Circuit Court.
The 17-year-old's last few hours before the attack were documented through testimony by her good friend, Chrisna Mentoor. The two had lived together for a while. In a shocking twist Mentoor then revealed she had lied to police to protect Kana from arrest.
The nightmare started on Friday, February 1. Mentoor had been drinking at a house with five male friends including Kana.
After midnight they continued their beer-drinking binge at a nearby pub. Kana and the men hit the dance floor.
"I saw Anene standing at the pool table. I called her to join us," said Mentoor. "She sat with us and we drank together."
Eventually, she said, Kana walked Booysen home and she left in another direction with the other men. After Booysen was found, police took a statement from Mentoor who lied by saying Kana had walked her home.
"Why?" asked state advocate Maria Marshall.
"I wanted to protect him because he did not like it when men laid their hands on women," she replied.
Mentoor then gave police a second statement – this time saying she was telling the truth.
Kana has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Today the court will travel to Bredasdorp where Mentoor will retrace their last minutes together.