Hannah Cornelius Geraldo Parsons

Geraldo Parsons, on trial for the murder of Hannah Cornelius. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)

Hannah Cornelius: Murder accused’s shocking tattoos revealed in court

A major talking point from the Hannah Cornelius trial surfaced on Thursday when suspect Geraldo Parsons had his horrifying tattoos revealed.

Hannah Cornelius Geraldo Parsons

Geraldo Parsons, on trial for the murder of Hannah Cornelius. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)

The trial of four men accused of the rape and murder of Stellenbosch student Hannah Cornelius took a dramatic turn on Thursday when one of the defendants’ tattoos came under severe scrutiny.

Geraldo Parsons, Vernon Witbooi‚ Eben van Niekerk and Nashville Julius are all in the dock. As HeraldLive report, Parsons and Witbooi were arrested 11 hours after allegedly killing Cornelius, following a high-speed chase with the police.

When they were both submitted for medical and forensic analysis, pathologist Dr Marianne Tiemensma photographed the tattoos each of the men had. It was Parsons’ that took centre stage in the Western Cape High Court, though.

It was revealed that alongside the tattoos relating to the “28” gang he is a part of, there was also a crude sketched outline of a “naked, headless female body with legs spread open”. His body was also covered in phrases that indicate his criminal behaviour.

Hannah Cornelius trial – Gerlado Parsons’ unsavoury tattoos:

TimesLive video journalist Anthony Molyneaux shared more photos seen in court on Thursday via his Twitter account, depicting the countless amount of tattoos Parsons has. The infamous “female body” one is obscured from view.

Guns and gang paraphernalia across his chest. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)
“Fuck the cops” is emblazoned on his upper left arm. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)
Crossed swords and “stars” on the left arm and shoulder, to indicate his gang rank. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)
One tattoo reads “hitmen” and the headless female tattoo is also partially in the shot. (Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)
(Anthony Molyneaux / TimesLive / Twitter)

Geraldo Parsons tattoo meanings

There was also some clear confusion between the four defendants as to what their tattoos actually mean. Marlon Appolis was the chief investigating officer in this case, and he was asked to interpret some of the offensive body-art. He claimed one tattoo had a very ambiguous message:

“To use the words we’d use on the street‚ the 28s take men from behind.”

Co-accused Witbooi reacted with confusion, audibly gasping and covering his mouth in the process. The trial will resume on Monday 22 October.