National 20.9.2016 01:08 pm

Murdered teen’s family prays for justice

Jodie Adriaanse, outside the Western Cape High Court. PIC Catherine Rice/ANA

Jodie Adriaanse, outside the Western Cape High Court. PIC Catherine Rice/ANA

The teenager’s body was found with extensive injuries three days after she went missing in the mountains above Kalk Bay.

The Western Cape High Court on Tuesday postponed the case against Bradley Noble, accused of raping and murdering a 16-year-old girl, to Thursday for final arguments.

The defence closed its case after calling final witness Byron Jansen, who testified briefly about seeing the accused at the Kalk Bay train station about a week before Michaela Adriaanse went missing.

The Hanover Park teen had gone to Muizenberg beach with a group of school friends, but had walked off on her own apparently after an argument.

She was never seen alive again.

Her parents reported her missing on Thursday, March 19, 2015. The missing teenager’s body was found with extensive injuries three days later in the mountains above Kalk Bay.

Bradley Noble, 37, from Steenberg, was arrested about a week later.

The teenager’s family said they were hoping for justice and wanted to see Noble sentenced to life behind bars.

Michaela was the youngest of five children – her older sister, Jodie Adriaanse, said she was a joyful child who always had a smile on her face: “She always made others laugh.”

The devastated sister said her family was broken: “It’s not nice to see your parents in that state. My mother is ill, and my father is not doing too well. There’s a lot of photos in the house of her, and whenever they look at them they cry.”

Final arguments have been set down for Thursday, September 22.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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