No arrests have been made in the murder case as the main witness has no recollection of the murders. However, police can confirm that significant progress is being made in the case.
The 16-year-old, who survived an axe attack on her family, has been discharged from a rehabilitation facility and, according to family spokesperson Ben Roootman, doctors have confirmed that she has retrograde amnesia and has no memory of the attack.
Rootman said in a statement that her physical recovery has been “astounding” and that “she is able to walk, communicates well and, surprisingly, given everything that has happened, has retained her sense of humour.”
After weeks of intensive treatment at the rehabilitation centre, Marli has been placed in the care of family friends.
The fact that she has retrograde amnesia means that the has not been able to make a formal statement, said Rootman.
Marli’s doctors explained that her retrograde amnesia was not unusual and often happened to patients who experienced such trauma.
“In some cases the situation remains for life,” the statement said. “A long road of rehabilitation lies ahead as she learns to compensate for certain neurocognitive difficulties resulting from her traumatic brain injury.”
According to Netwerk 24, Marli returned to the crime scene on the De Zalze golf estate to collect her personal belongings over the weekend. She was accompanied by members of the police and her legal representative.
While no arrest has been made, as the main witness in the case has no recollection of the murders, Western Cape police have confirmed to various media platforms that significant process is being made in the case that cannot be shared with the media at this point.
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