18-year-old Accused of murdering his aunt, Romay van Rooyen, makes first court appearance

Cassidy Hartzenberg, the 18-year-old accused of murdering his aunt, Magistrate Romay van Rooyen, made his first court appearance today. 

The court heard that the accused had applied for Legal Aid but a lawyer has not yet been appointed to the case.

The matter was then postponed to 21 April, for Legal Aid to be finalized.

The accused was arrested in September last year, days after his aunt’s body was found in her home. 

Hartzenberg, who was a pallbearer at Van Rooyen's funeral, was also accused of stealing her car as well as some money. 

The magistrate's Toyota RAV4 was found in Mitchells Plain two days later.

Done By: Thaakiera Ackerdien 


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