WATCH: Trial looms for murder accused, one year after Courtney Pieters tragedy

It’s been a full year since the body of three-year-old Courtney Pieters was found buried in a shallow grave in Epping industrial.

The man accused of killing her, Mortimer Saunders, will go on trial from 14 May - the same date he was arrested for the girl’s murder.

Also read: Elsies community traumatised after Courtney Pieters (3) found dead

Little Courtney went missing from her home in May last year and they made the gruesome discovery after 10 days of search efforts.

She had been raped and murdered.

EWN reporters Monique Mortlock and Kevin Brandt returned to the home where Courtney lived on Pluto Street home in Elsies River and created an EWN special in commemoration.

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The murder accused was a friend of the family and was a tenant on their property for two years, Brandt explains.

Mortimer Saunders was part of the family and had a very close relationship with Courtney as well.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

He played with Courtney and was basically part of the family.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

He assisted with the search, comforting both mother and father during that process, assuring them that they will get Courtney alive and well.

Kevin Brandt, EWN reporter

Saunders will appear in the Western Cape High Court on Monday. He faces charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.

Listen to remembering Courtney Pieters, one year on:


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