Slain Hannah Cornelius’ friend set to continue his testimony


A friend of the slain Stellenbosch University student is expected to continue his testimony in court on Thursday.

According to reports, Cheslin Marsh was inconsolable and unable to speak on Wednesday and the Western Cape High Court was forced to adjourn proceedings.

Hannah Cornelius and Marsh were hijacked in the Stellenbosch CBD in 2017.

Her body was discovered in a field following the attack. Her friend Marsh, the passenger, was found by police in hospital after he sustained head injuries.

Eben van Niekerk, Nashwill Julies, Vernon Witbooi and Geraldo Parson face charges of kidnapping, murder and the rape of Cornelius.

The men also face charges of assault on the victim and her friend, Marsh.

Marsh recalled what had happened on the night Cornelius was murdered. Marsh said Cornelius insisted on dropping him off at home. The two were in her VW Citi Golf when they were approached by the suspects.

Marsh said he was forced to get into the boot and Cornelius remained with the suspects in front.

The car stopped and the suspects said they were going for a smoke.

“They came back later. Nobody said anything until Hannah asked what they were going to do now when they drove. They said they’re going to smoke and give back the car.”

He said he felt them driving on a gravel road and then the car stopped.

Marsh was then told to get out of the car and was taken to a bushy area where he was assaulted.

Cornelius’ body was found the next morning on the side of the road outside Stellenbosch.