THE high court this week acquitted a man accused of murdering his girlfriend by savagely assaulting her during 2016 in Mariental.
Sylvester Thirion initially admitted that he had assaulted his girlfriend, the late Elizabeth Kooitjie, aged 25 by slapping her twice on the day before she died. Judge Christie Liebenberg found that the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Thirion indeed caused the death of his girlfriend and that there was no sufficient evidence to prove this.
The judge instead found Thirion guilty of common assault.
In their case against the accused person the Sate charged that Thirion and Kooitjie had gone to a party the night before her death. An argument between the two erupted and Thirion allegedly assaulted his girlfriend with his fists. He was further charged with kicking her in the head.
Thirion will be sentenced soon, as submissions before sentencing are currently underway.