Outrage after Courtney Pieters

Outrage after Courtney Pieters’ alleged killer updates Facebook profile from jail

Community members were furious.

Outrage after Courtney Pieters

The story of Courtney Pieters is absolutely horrifying. The three-year-old was violently raped and murdered in May this year.

Mortimer Saunders, the son of a pastor, is accused of the rape and murder of the toddler, and is currently awaiting his first pre-trail hearing.

But over the weekend, the Daily Voice reported that Saunders updated his Facebook profile – of himself in prison – and photos of a woman believed to be his girlfriend.

According to the Department of Correctional Services, prisoners are not allowed to have access to cellphones or social media while in prison.

The Elsies River community was outraged by the photos after a community member alerted them on the Elsies River V2.0 Facebook group.

“By my fb blad pop da nou 3 mense op, by “People you may know” en ek sien dat 1 van hulle us Mortimer Saunders, ek kyk toe op sy timeline, was nou op 09 November ge – update. Dis darm leka inie tronk!” [sic] wrote Chantal Rensburg, who alerted the group.

Rough translation: My Facebook Page brought up Mortimer Saunders as “people you may know” and I saw his page was updated on 9 November.

Adelaide de Klerk wrote: “I couldn’t help myself I went to go look after reading this post! “Nogal a profile..pic update…Tronk…background and all…and.. flirting with a lady Kan jy nie Skreeee….nie!!” [sic]

Elverene Davids, who protests outside court whenever Saunders appears, said: “’* Mens verwag nie om so ’n vark nog op fb te sien nie.Hut genoeg hartseer gebring”

Rough translation: You don’t expect to see such a pig on Facebook. He’s brought enough sadness.

Members shared the pictures to the Facebook page and later said it looked as if though the profile had been deleted entirely.

Courtney disappeared from her home in Pluto Street on 3 May this year. Ten days later, her body was found in a shallow grave in Epping Industria, not far from her home.

Saunders was boarding with the family at the time and was the best friend of Courtney’s father, Aaron Fourie.

He is scheduled to appear in the Western Cape High Court on 24 November for his first pre-trial hearing.

Last year, Fin24 reported that a Facebook page, apparently created by prisoners in Pollsmoor maximum security prison, had attracted over 2 600 likes on the social network before all the content suddenly vanished.