Judgement in the case of Mortimer Saunders who stands accused of the murder and rape of three-year-old Courtney Pieters in Elsies River, has been postponed to the 6th of November at the High Court, in Cape Town. Judge Pearl Mantame has set the matter down for three days, from the 6th until the 8th of next month. Saunders has already confessed to the murder of the toddler and judgment in the matter was expected to be delivered today. Family members of Courtney Pieters who attended court proceedings today have expressed frustration at yet another delay in justice being served for the little girl’s murder. They are calling for the judge to sentence Saunders to three life terms in Prison, without parole. One family member, Celesthea Pierang, says the delays are also affecting their lives at home. She says the emotional preparation the family and the community have to go through every time they come to court is taking it’s toll on them. Pierang says the trial is also affecting their work lives, as they need to take time off from work whenever they come to court. The family members and supporters of Courtney Pieters also wore t-shirts outside the court with a picture of the little girl on them, and the words Justice for Courtney written on them.
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