The sister of the man accused of raping and killing eight-year-old Tazne van Wieck has been summoned by the state to testify in court.
A little girl from the Elsie River disappeared from her parents’ house two years ago. Her body was found dumped in a storm sewer in Boland a few days later.
Moihdian Pangkeker has been charged with 27 counts, including the rape and murder of Van Wieck.
Defendant’s sister, Nazli Pangkecker, says she called him shortly after Van Wieck went missing in February 2020.
She says he told her the baby was not with him. Nazli, however, says he did not want to tell her where he was. Even after she repeatedly asked him about his whereabouts during a phone call.
The state claims Moihdian kidnapped Van Wieck and took her to Worcester, where he raped and killed her.
On Wednesday, the father of the eight-year-old said he believed the accused was the last person to be with his daughter before her death.
Terence Manuel said the last time he saw his daughter alive was when she left home to go to a store near where they stayed, in the Elsis River.
He said he believed she was playing with a group of friends after she went to the store.
Manuel said he began to panic when Van Wick did not return home with other children in the area when they returned home.
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