Bereaved dad smelt death

The divorced father of slain child Annestacia Wiese "smelled death" in the girl's home, moments before her body was found hidden in the ceiling of the house, the Cape high court heard last Thursday.

The divorced father of slain child Annestacia Wiese "smelled death" in the girl's home, moments before her body was found hidden in the ceiling of the house, the Cape high court heard last Thursday.

Waleed Jones, who controls the Neighbourhood Watch in the Mitchell's Plain suburb of Woolridge, where the girl, 11, lived with her mother, told the court he organised a search party after being told she had gone missing.

Appearing before acting Judge Richard Brusser is security guard Richard Engelbrecht, who is charged with the rape and murder of the Wiese girl in March last year.

He is also accused of the rape two years earlier of a three-year-old girl, now five.

Jones said he noticed that a ceiling panel had been tampered with. He then removed the trap door and found the dead child.

The case continues. - Sapa

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