Jesse Hess case postponed

Jesse Hess / Image via Facebook

Jesse Hess: Suspect to appear in court after raping 16-year-old girl

Jesse Hess’s relative, also the main suspect, will appear in court on 15 November 2019, after raping a 16-year-old girl in Hanover Park.

Jesse Hess case postponed

Jesse Hess / Image via Facebook

The main suspect in the murder of Jesse Hess and her Grandfather, who according to Die Son, is also a cousin, will appear at the Wynberg Magistrate’s court on 15 November 2019, on the charges of rape and robbery. 

The man was found and apprehended in Struisbaai in the Overberg on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, after raping a 16-year-old girl in Hanover Park just two days earlier. 

Circumstantial evidence makes the link

SAPS Captain, FC Van Wyk said that based on some of the evidence found in Hanover Park, the man could be linked to the murder of Hess and her Grandfather. 

Van Wyk said: “Kindly be advised that a 31-year-old man has been arrested in Struisbaai after information was received from the community. He will appear on Friday at Athlone court on a charge of rape and robbery.” 

Van Wyk could confirm that that the mentioned person was of interest to the investigation of Hess and her grandfather’s murder. “Circumstantial evidence currently links him to the crimes,” said Van Wyk. 

“He is also positively linked to a rape and robbery of an incident which occurred on Monday 11 November 2019 in Hanover Park, where a 16 year girl was raped,” he said. 

“This office can confirm that a 16-year-old female was raped at house premises at Lynberg Road, Hanover Park, at about 07:45,” Van Wyk added. 

No arrests two months into Hess investigation 

Two months after Hess and her 85-year-old grandfather, Chris Lategan were found dead in their family’s Parow flat on August 30, no suspects had been arrested.

The first-year University of the Western Cape theology student was found on a bed, while Chris, her grandfather, was discovered tied up in the toilet.

The family moved out of the one-bedroom council unit that same day. They took only their clothes, not wanting anything else in the once happy home that had become a crime scene.

Update: The case has been postponed to 14 February 2020.