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Four men on trial in the carjacking and savage murder of brilliant student – Hannah Cornelius was gang raped and beaten to death with a rock after stopping to give a friend a ride home to stop thugs stealing his skateboard

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Trial begins in the murder of honors college student who was gang raped, strangled and beaten to death with a rock after stopping to give a friend a ride home to stop thugs stealing his skateboard
Stellenbosch University students Hannah Cornelius and Cheslin Marsh were attacked in Stellenbosch, South Africa leading to the death of one and permanent injuries the survivor
Cornelius. 21,  and Marsh, 22, were chatting in her blue Golf after an evening out on a weekend night in May 2017, when they were carjacked by four men
The pair’s belongings were stolen before they were driven out of the town and beaten with bricks
Cornelius had been stabbed several times before being strangled – She had also been gang raped by three of the men before she was brutally murdered
Marsh who was bashed in the head with bricks and left for dead is still traumatized after suffering permanent head injuries in the attack
Vernon Witbooi, 33, Geraldo Parsons, 27, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Nieberk, 28, face a string of charges including murder, kidnap, robbery and rape
Hannah Cornelius 3Hannah Cornelius [photo] was raped, stabbed and strangled to death in Stellenbosch, South Africa, after she and her friend, Cheslin Marsh were carjacked by four men, now on trial for her murder

A brilliant student was kidnapped, gang raped and murdered after giving a pal a lift home to stop robbers stealing his skateboard, a court in South Africa heard.
Stellenbosch University student Hannah Cornelius was found dead next to Knorhoek Road outside the Stellenbosh campus on a Saturday morning in May, 2017. She and a male friend were talking in a blue Volkswagen golf in the early hours when four men began carjacking the vehicle.
Cornelius, 21, was raped, stabbed and strangled to death in Stellenbosch, South Africa, after she and her friend, Cheslin Marsh were carjacked by four men, a court has heard.
Marsh also a student at  Stellenbosh, was thrown into the trunk of the car while Cornelius was forced onto the back seat.
All of their belongings were stolen and the robbers drove the pair to Kraaifontein where the 22-year-old Marsh,  was assaulted battered with bricks and left for dead by the carjackers.
It is believed that Cornelius was stabbed multiple times and then strangled somewhere along the Knorhoek Road, her body was then found at 08:30 in the morning. Marsh says he only survived as he was able to jump over a wall. A couple who witnessed the assault told authorities they saw the bloodied Marsh vaulting over their wall, fleeing from the robbers.
Two of the suspects were arrested just hours later following a high-speed chase by Police. The pair had used the hijacked car for another robbery near Northpine. The third suspect was arrested a shortly after.
The men were charged with murder, attempted murder and hijacking.


The dramatic footage of the Police chase for the killers in May 2017
Cheslin Marsh and Hannah Cornelius  2.JPGAfter Hannah Cornelius [left], pulled up outside the apartment of fellow student Cheslin Marsh, [right], in the early hours on a Saturday night in May 2017, a group of four men rushed her car abducted Cornelius and Marsh which ended tragically

After Hannah Cornelius [left], pulled up outside the apartment of fellow student Cheslin Marsh, at midnight on a Saturday night in May 2017, a group of four men rushed her car.
They put a screwdriver to her chest through the open window and opened the passenger door and put a knife to the back of Mr Marsh and threatened to kill him.
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town heard one of the gang shouted at him: ‘Sit still or she dies’.
Cornelius, 21, was raped, stabbed and strangled to death in Stellenbosch, South Africa, after she and her friend, Cheslin Marsh were carjacked by four men, a court has heard.
Marsh was robbed of cash and his phone and locked in the trunk of the car and then the four men drove to a drug dealers home to buy drugs and smoked crystal meth.
Four male suspects were indicted.
The men – Vernon Witbooi, Geraldo Parsons, Nashville Julius, and Eben Van Nieberkwere arrested days later

They then drove out of the upmarket wine producing town of Stellenbosch near Cape Town in Hannah’s car and it later pulled over and they took Mr Marsh into the bushes.
Three men made him lay his head on a rock on the ground and then battered his skull with house bricks until they thought he was dead then left his blood soaked body.
That afternoon Marsh recovered consciousness and staggered to a nearby home suffering severe head injuries and a broken arm to raise the alarm about Hannah.
Unknown to him her body had been found earlier several miles away dumped by the roadside and a huge police search was already underway for him and the gang.
She had been dragged into bushes at a vineyard and gang raped by three of the men and then her skull was crushed with a large rock and she was stabbed in the neck.

Hannah was described as a ‘brilliant student’ and the daughter of magistrate Willem Cornelius and lawyer wife Anna, 56, who tragically drowned 10 months after her murder.
Te victim Hannah was a straight A’s student and was in her second year at Stellenbosch University studying for a BA in Humanities when she was gang raped and murdered.
Four men Vernon Witbooi, 33, Geraldo Parsons, 27, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Nieberk, 28, face a string of charges including murder, kidnap, robbery and rape.
Distraught fellow student Cheslin Marsh broke down in tears repeatedly as he told how they were hijacked and he was locked in the trunk while Hannah was kept inside the car.
He said they had been out for a few drinks and to a dance and said he was going to use his skateboard to get home but Hannah insisted on driving him in case he was robbed.

Mr Marsh said when they pulled up the gang pounced threatening to stab Hannah to death with a sharpened screwdriver and him to death with a knife placed at his back.
He described how they were driven to a suburb of Cape Town called Kraaifontein 11 miles from where they were hijacked in Stellenbosch and he was pulled from the car boot.
He said: ‘I lay down on the ground as they told me and put my head on a rock. I closed my eyes and I prayed. The two men were standing over me with bricks in their hands.

 Vernon Witbooi, [left], Geraldo Parsons, [second left], Nashville Julius, [right], and Eben Van Nieberk [right], 1Murder and robbery suspects:  The four suspects [photo] Vernon Witbooi, 33, Geraldo Parsons, 27, Nashville Julius, 29, and Eben Van Nieberk, 28, face a string of charges including murder, kidnap, robbery and rape
 ‘I lost consciousness and when I woke I was in horrible pain, everywhere pain. When I last heard Hannah talking her voice was very soft and I could tell she was scared’.

He managed to stagger to a nearby house covered in blood and raise the alarm.
Mr Marsh was so traumatized he never returned to his studies and is now deaf in one ear as a result of his injuries and vivid scars could be seen on his head as he gave evidence.
One of the men accused of the murder of Hannah had his confession made the day after his arrest read to the court and said the gang went into town ‘to see what they could get’.

Witbooi alleged the other three took Mr Marsh out the boot while he had a ‘smoke’ and into the bushes and said they told him they had tied him up and left him to be found.
He said he was ‘only after money’ and said after Mr Marsh was left for dead the gang drove off and later took Hannah into bushes but denied any part in her rape and murder.
Witbooi said that three others returned from the bushes after raping Hannah and said: ‘While we were driving Parsons said I had missed out on having had sex with her.
‘He said they had tied the girl up and that the workers would find her tomorrow’ he said.

After a high speed chase the men are seen on CCTV leaping over a ditch (Pictured) to evade authorities before eventually being caught.The other two suspects were eventually arrested
The gang then high on drugs went on a robbery spree in the hijacked car robbing at least three women before the stolen car was spotted and a high speed police chase began.
Three were arrested after dumping the car and fleeing and the fourth was arrested later.
The latest crime figures in South Africa revealed that 56 people are murdered a day and that 110 people are raped a day and that there are 45 carjackings a day.

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