Blom's friend pleads with his killer to come clean

2015-08-18 15:50
Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Dustan Blom's best friend on Tuesday pleaded with convicted murderer JP Malan to take the stand and tell the truth of how Blom died.

Ryan Pickford, addressing the court during sentencing proceedings, asked for permission to directly address Malan, which was granted by Judge Delize Smith.

"JP, I'm Dustan Blom's best friend, I want to look you in the eyes... I am asking you to put an end to this, finish this yourself, finish this for [Blom's] family, finish this for the two children and please come take the stand and tell us what happened," Pickford asked.

The matter was being heard at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge. 

Earlier, Pickford said Blom's infant twins, six months old at the time of his death in September 2013, would never know their father. His wife had died giving birth to them in March that year.

Blom also had another son from a previous relationship. 

"[The twins] are 2 years old now. They will never know their father... over and above that, [is] his [teenage] son who is a brilliant swimmer and sportsman. He has his mother, but his father [is gone]," he said.

Blom was a "very gentle person" and had a well-balanced, structured life with his wife prior to her death. 

"All in all Dustan was really a kind person," Pickford said.  

Blom had supported his teenage son financially and emotionally prior to his death, and "absolutely" financially supported the twins, who were being cared for by his late wife's family in Potchefstroom.

Blom was found dead in the boot of his car at Montecasino, Fourways, on September 22 2013 after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

Malan was convicted on June 26. Maruschka Robinson was found guilty of being an accessory to murder after the fact.

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