Eleventh witness to testify in ET case

2011-10-19 07:09

An eleventh witness is expected to testify today in the Eugene Terre’Blanche murder trial, which enters its eighth day of proceedings in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

The court heard testimony yesterday from police blood-spatter expert Ian van der Nest and police witness Captain Jacobus Rautenbach.

Van der Nest told the court that Terre’Blanche was caught by surprise when he was attacked in his North West farmhouse in April last year.

“There is no blood stain evidence to show the person fought back, indicating he was taken by surprise,” he said.

Van der Nest also dismissed suggestions that Terre’Blanche could have been hit while standing, and then fell on to the bed.

“Had the deceased launched self-defence he would have sustained some injuries to the arm.”

Van der Nest said it was not clear if right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was asleep when he was attacked.

“All I can say for sure is that he was lying down in a position similar to the way he was found.”

Van der Nest said evidence revealed that Terre’Blanche’s pants were open, his genitals were exposed before he was killed, and that blood was found on his penis.

Sex allegations emerged after the murder when police commissioner General Bheki Cele said a condom was found on the scene.

Rautenbach told the court that sperm was seen on Terre’Blanche’s genitals.

“I also saw on the genitals that there was sperm on the tip of the penis,” he said.

Rautenbach was one of several police officers who attended the crime scene. While recalling how the bedroom looked at the time, he remembered that Terre’Blanche’s underpants were hanging on the bed post.

The two accused of killing Terre’Blanche went all out to destroy him, he said.

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death.

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

Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence while the 16-year-old denies involvement in the murder.

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