The man accused of the rape and murder of three-year-old Courtney Pieters from Elsies River made his first appearance in the Goodwood District Court on Wednesday, and the hele Elsies was there baying for his blood.


They would have to wait their turn, though, as the suspect had apparently been dik gedonner by fellow awaiting trial prisoners in the court holding cells.

Attorney Colin Lekay, fearing for his client’s safety, requested that Saunders be transferred to the hospital section of Goodwood Prison.

Saunders, 40, was charged with the murder of his landlord’s child, and two counts of rape, indicating that it was both vaginal and anal.

When Saunders made his way up from the gat into the packed courtrooom, he looked deurmekaar.

His faded red shirt was wrinkled and he barely looked up, his face asvaal.

About 600 people had marched and taken taxis to court on Wednesday morning.

The protesters lined both sides of the street, holding up banners of placards that read “No bail for child killers” and “Your child is my child”.

Magistrate Visagie was lenient, allowing cameras into the courtroom and the already packed gallery to be swarmed with standing people.

Saunders requested to be allowed to return to work, and to be placed in the Hospital section of Goodwood Prison as he feared for his life.

It was determined that the accused earned above the maximum required for free legal aid representation.

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Video footage of the bloody fridge in Saunders’ bedroom. CREDIT: Saafia February