Jub Jub evidence recalled

By Drum Digital
11 October 2012

The Protea Magistrate's Court reviewed evidence from musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye in his murder trial on Thursday.

"Accused number one [Maarohanye] stated that his vehicle didn't bump any of the children because his car went straight for the curb," magistrate Brian Nemavhidi read.

"He stated that forensic body damage didn't show that his car ever hit any of the pedestrians and there was also no blood on the car."

Nemavhidi was handing down judgment in the Protea Magistrate's Court in the murder trial of Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala on Thursday.

"He [Maarohanye] said he never in his life used either cocaine or morphine, even if it is used in the music industry."

This contradicted evidence recalled on Wednesday that both the accused tested positive for morphine and cocaine.

The two accused were allegedly drag-racing in Protea North in March 2010 when they crashed into a group of schoolchildren. Four boys were killed and two were seriously injured.

They are charged with murder, reckless driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and failing to asses the injuries of the victims. Both accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Summarising Maarohanye's testimony on when he was tested for alcohol, Nemavhidi said: "He said he was made to blow five times until the police officer complained that it appeared that the blowing tubes were not working."

Maarohanye's claims of being affected by second-hand cocaine also came up, and that the only time he ever saw someone use cocaine was in the movies or in clubs.

Nemavidhi recounted evidence that Maarohanye feared for his life because the community was angry, but he said he never ran away after the accident.

Maarohanye's claims of blanking out after the accident also came up. How could he remember he only hit the curb and a tree, but not the children, if he had blanked out?

"Injuries of all four the deceased are all confirmatory (sic) that there was a sudden acceleration," Nemavhidi read.

"The victims were struck at a very high speed, their bodies were accelerated from zero speed to maximum velocity... so severe[ly] to cause a near-decapitation in one of the victims."

Family members of the killed and injured schoolchildren wept in court and comforted each other as Nemavhidi recalled evidence from the pathologist.

Judgment continues.

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