Blood-spatter expert testifies in ET case

2011-10-18 09:08

An extreme amount of force was used to kill right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, a police blood-spatter expert said today.

Lieutenant colonel Ian van der Nest was testifying on the seventh day of the murder trial in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

He described the direction of the blood stains in the farmhouse where Terre’Blanche was murdered and what this indicated.

Referring to blood stains on the wall behind the bedroom door, Van der Nest said: “Very large stains can be visualised. These stains are much larger than impact spatter. This indicates an extreme amount of force was used.”

Directly opposite the entrance to the room, stains were of a circular nature.

“This indicates that beating occurred at a 90-degree angle, like a baseball bat,” he said.

“The door and door frame spatter shows blood travelling in an upward direction, therefore the source must be below the neck.”

The blood-spatter patterns indicated that Terre’Blanche was killed on his bed.

Farmworkers Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse in North West in April last year.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence.

The youngster has denied involvement in the murder.

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