Ex-boyfriend appears for 2009 Knysna killing

Eugene Stander (27), the former boyfriend of Knysna receptionist Shantel Zeelie (26) – who was killed in January 2009 and her body hidden under bushes near a popular viewpoint overlooking the Knysna Heads – has appeared in the Knysna Regional Court on rape and murder charges, according to a Weekend Argus report.

Zeelie’s murder came a few months after the conviction of disc jockey Heinrich van Rooyen for the killings of two women in 2005, prompting his family to suggest that he had been wrongfully convicted, and that the ‘real killer’ had struck again. Stander was released on bail of R5 000 after his attorney submitted an affidavit suggesting that the murder charge – and a charge of rape filed against Stander by another ex-girlfriend – were based only on circumstantial evidence. In the affidavit, Stander said he would plead not guilty.

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