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VISUAL REPORT: Mapping the murder of Hannah Cornelius


VISUAL REPORT: Mapping the murder of Hannah Cornelius

Watch the haunting footage that shows her final journey, possibly the last time she was pictured alive

Multimedia journalist

The 11 hours between the abduction of Stellenbosch University students Hannah Cornelius and Cheslin Marsh and the arrest of two of their alleged attackers have been reconstructed in dramatic detail by Times Select video producer Anthony Molyneaux.
Using CCTV footage, recordings of police interviews, testimony in the Cape Town High Court trial of the four accused, and Google Earth, Molyneaux has mapped the trail of crime that began outside a Stellenbosch University residence at 3.23am on Saturday, May 27 2017.
That is where Geraldo Parsons, Vernon Witbooi, Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are alleged to have pounced on Cornelius and Marsh while they were chatting in a VW Citi Golf after a night out.
From there, Molyneaux’s reconstruction moves to a Caltex service station outside Stellenbosch, where Witbooi attempts to withdraw cash from an ATM using Marsh’s card. Grainy CCTV footage shows Cornelius in the passenger seat of her grandmother’s car – possibly the last time she was pictured alive.
The reconstruction, which tracks the locations of the attempted murder of Marsh in Kraaifontein, Hannah’s rape and murder, and muggings in Kraaifontein and Kuils River, culminates in the arrest of Parsons and Witbooi on a farm outside Stellenbosch.
A missing five hours in the sequence of events has not yet been explained in court by the first of the 81 state witnesses to have given evidence.

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