Plaatjies’ boyfriend, Philip April, appeared briefly in the Clanwilliam Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday where he was informed the case would be transferred to the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.
He is due to appear in the high court on 7 August for a pre-trial conference.
According to the indictment, the 24-year-old will face two charges – that of premeditated murder and theft of a motor vehicle.
The State, in its summary of facts, alleges Plaatjies had used her car to pick April up from a friend’s place in Clanwilliam, whereafter they drove to her rented flat on 26 October last year.
“This was the last time anyone saw her alive.”
The next day, her body was found in her flat. Both her vehicle and cellphone were missing.
April was later arrested while driving her car in Malmesbury.
Plaatjies died of blood loss after her throat was slit. The post-mortem found she had also been stabbed several times.
April will remain in custody.