Allegations against De Jager baseless - defence

2014-03-27 17:52


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - No sexual activity took place with teenager Charmaine Mare before her death last year, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

Sakkie Maartens said any such allegations against his client Johannes Christiaan de Jager were baseless.

"There is not a smidgeon of evidence that sexual intercourse or rape took place," he said in closing argument.

De Jager, 49, has pleaded not guilty to killing the 16-year-old Mpumalanga resident in January last year, and not guilty to raping and killing 18-year-old prostitute Hiltina Alexander in 2008.

He does not face a charge of raping Mare.

Maartens said it was the first time he had ever seen an indictment stating life imprisonment was applicable in respect of the murder without rape being stipulated as a substantive count or charge.

"In order to activate the provisions pertaining to life imprisonment as a potential penalty, the State has to prove the circumstance of rape beyond reasonable doubt."

He said Mare kept in close contact with her friend Nikita Small during the four days she and De Jager were alone at home.

Mare never made any mention in her cellphone messages of sexual intercourse having taking place, he said.

The trial continues.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.