Allison Plaatjies: Boyfriend charged with murder back in court_1

Philip April, accused of murdering his girlfriend in her Clanwilliam apartment last October, made his latest court appearance on Wednesday morning. 

Brief court appearance


He only appeared briefly, stepping into the dock for a matter of minutes before the magistrate postponed proceedings until 25 March for an indictment.


He abandoned his bail application in early December and spent Christmas behind bars. 


April was apprehended on 26 October 2019 – in his girlfriend’s car – by a traffic official who suspected the 24-year-old of driving under the influence. 


He was remanded in custody before it emerged that April had been involved in a far more grizzly crime. 


26-year-old Plaatjies body was discovered later that day in her flat with multiple stab wounds. Reports suggested a gruesome scene. 

Rocky relationship


April and Plaatjies had been dating since 2016 and met in Wellington, where they studied together at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).


The slain Afrikaans teacher’s social media pages all contain doting posts of her “liefde” boyfriend, who she affectionately called “Lip”. 


Plaatjies mother, Lizel, said that April had been with the family over the holidays, and she hadn’t suspected anything wrong with the pair. 


“If you suspect something is wrong in your relationship, you shouldn’t keep quiet, you must do your utmost to try to figure out what is wrong and try to get out,” she said. 

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Plaatjies gruesome murder came only weeks after those of Uyinene Mrwetyana, Meghan Cremer and Jesse Hess in the Western Cape.