Minor denies killing ET

2011-10-10 10:34

The minor accused of killing right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche denied taking part in the murder, his lawyer told the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp today.

“On the day in question ... the accused did enter the house of the deceased through an open window ... he was able to say that the deceased had already been killed and this will explain why some blood was found on his clothes,” his Advocate, Norman Arendse, said.

“He will deny that he participated in the killing of the deceased, he will deny that he robbed the deceased or sold any items belonging to the deceased, and he will deny attempting to steal the car belonging to the deceased,” said Arendse.

According to Arendse, no one deserved to die the way the former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader had, but suggested he was not the only victim in the case.

He said the minor should have been in school, and not working.

“We have a situation here of child labour ... exploitation of the child ... and if the court launches an inspection it would see the appalling conditions the accused lived in on the farm,” said Arendse.

“Those conditions are not fit for human habitation ... the accused, especially accused two [the minor], was utterly degraded in this whole scenario.”

He said the child had been bribed with alcohol and there were allegations of verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

Potential witnesses were reluctant to appear in court as they feared intimidation and losing all they had.

“The main reason appears to be fears of intimidation, fear they will lose the little they have and the fear they will lose the roof over their head, and the food they receive on the farm,” Arendse said.

Chris Mahlangu (28) and the minor are charged with murder, housebreaking, attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances, and crimen injuria.

Both have pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Mahlangu has submitted that he acted in self defence.

Terre’Blanche (69) was hacked to death in his farmhouse in North West last April. A post mortem report revealed that he suffered 28 injuries.

The teenager, who left school to become a herdsman for Terre’Blanche’s 97 cattle, was 15 years old at the time of the murder.

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