Jub Jub lawyer ‘worried’ about tampering

2011-05-24 15:43

The defence lawyer in Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye’s case is “worried” that evidence implicating his client might have been tampered with prior to being sent to the forensic laboratory for tests, the court heard today.

Jub Jub and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, face charges of murder and attempted murder as well as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers knocked down four learners on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, in March last year.

Ike Motloung, Maaroganye’s lawyer, said the fact that the superior of investigating officer Mpho Matshidiso had access to the urine and blood samples before they were taken to the laboratory for tests might have compromised the credibility of his client’s test results.

He also questioned the fact that Maarohanye’s samples were disposed of even before his client could seek a second opinion.
Motloung expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that it took ten days for the samples to be taken to the laboratory where tests were conducted.

However, state prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa told the court that Motloung had an option to ask for the samples to be made available in case his client wanted to seek a second opinion but failed to do so.

Under cross-examination, Matshidiso said the samples were disposed of after the tests were done, while the two cars involved in the crash were handed back to the accused, Maarohanye and Tshabalala.

Jose van Rooyen, forensic expert from the Johannesburg Forensic Laboratory in Braamfontein, said the samples were processed quickly because it was a “high profile matter that received extensive media coverage”.

Van Rooyen said she found traces of drugs – cocaine and morphine – in the accused’s blood and urine samples.
“Tests made do not indicate the effect the drugs have on a person,” van Rooyen said.

Relatives of the victims of the accident packed the court gallery wearing T-shirts stating: “Parents in Action”.

They murmured sounds of dissatisfaction because Motloung questioned witnesses at length.

Their case continues tomorrow at the Protea magistrate’s court in Soweto.

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