21-year-old man appeared in court in connection with teenager murder

21-year-old man appeared in in the Mossel Bay Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, accused of robbing and killing Michaela Booysen for her Nike sneakers after bludgeoning her with a pickaxe handle.

According to News24, Vusumzi Mafuduka, 21, from Asla Park faces charges of robbery and murder.

21-year-old man appeared in court in connection of teen murder

The case against him was postponed to Monday for a possible bail application, police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie said.

Booysen, 17, was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning when, according to preliminary investigations, she and her boyfriend were accosted by three suspects in Dywilli Street, Asla Park.

They allegedly demanded the couple’s belongings, leading to a scuffle.

Booysen was hit over the head and died of a head injury at the scene.

Her boyfriend, also 17, escaped uninjured and was later found “distraught and extremely traumatised”, Pojie said.

Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday morning, but two were subsequently released due to insufficient evidence directly linking them to the incident.