Three more arrested in connection with Montecasino murder

2013-11-06 13:16

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Three more people have been arrested and could be linked to the murder of Dustan Blom, the Randburg Magistrates’ Court in Johannesburg has heard.

“(In) another matter related to this, three people have been arrested and another could be arrested soon,” prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the court today.

“We are busy eliminating whether they will be part of this matter or not.”

The three were expected to appear in the Randburg Magistrates’ Court tomorrow. It was unclear on what charges, or when they were arrested.

Earlier, Jean-Pierre Malan and Maruschka Robinson appeared briefly in the court.

Malan and Robinson were called and stood in the dock away from each other. Robinson, dressed in a black shirt and blue jeans, looked at the public gallery briefly during proceedings. Malan stood looking straight ahead.

Baba asked for the matter to be postponed to January for further investigation.

The court heard that the state received the postmortem report but that the toxicology report and some forensic evidence was still outstanding.

Shaun Hamilton, for Malan, requested that the postponement be the final postponement because he wanted to get his client out of jail.

But Baba argued that it would be premature to mark the postponement as final.

“The state has been going through a wealth of evidence that links these two directly,” he told the court.

“And there is still a lot to go through.”

He said the evidence included cellphones and various downloads and information.

The state needed to go back as far as September 18 to gather evidence, he said.

Malan is the boyfriend of Robinson, believed to be a former stripper. She was arrested on September 24, after Blom’s decomposing body was found in the boot of his own car at Montecasino in Fourways.

Security guards noticed a bad smell coming from it. Malan was arrested on September 26.

Robinson had allegedly rented a room from Blom, the widowed father of infant twins.

The case was postponed to January 16 for further investigation. Both Malan and Robinson remain in police custody.

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