Three Blöchliger-accused face theft charges in court


Three of the four men accused of the rape and murder of teenager Franziska Blöchliger in Tokai Forest last year are set to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The three – Jerome Moses, Jonathan Jonas, and Daniel Easter – face charges of theft and possession of stolen goods. The rape and murder charges against them were dropped at their court appearance on January 18. They now only face the theft and possession charges.

Jonas, who was out on parole for another infraction at the time of the crime, had the gun believed to have been used in Franziska’s attack. Easter was reportedly found in possession of her cell phone, while Moses reportedly attempted to help sell it. Both were granted bail after their arrest.

A fourth accused, Howard Oliver, had the rape and murder charges against him upheld. His case has been transferred to the Western Cape High Court.

A post-mortem found that the 16-year old Franziska had been strangled and had sustained blunt-forced trauma when she was raped and murdered on March 7, 2016.