Cause of death for DJ's girlfriend wasn't obvious - pathologist

2015-09-02 18:04
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Johannesburg - DJ Donald Sebolai's testimony given earlier on Wednesday was given some weight when a pathologist said he too at first thought Dolly Tshabalala's thigh wound could not have killed her.

Sebolai has previously testified that he was unaware of the severity of Tshabalala's wound which was why he did not immediately rush her to hospital. Tshabalala was stabbed in the pelvic area as they struggled over a knife which she had used to stab his hands. Sebolai is accused of murdering her.

"I did not see any possible causes of death. This wound did not convince me of a possible cause of death because of its location," Dr Paul Morule told the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge. "That part of the body does not have vital organs or tissues."

On Wednesday, Morule said he had to make an incision down the front of Tshabalala's body to do a proper examination.

He said cutting Tshabalala open gave him a "window" through which he could see what had happened. "The damage was way below the surface of the skin" Morule said. 

"Actually what happened is that the injury was below and to the side... the right hand side of the wound," he explained.

Knife went in at an angle

This showed that the knife which had stabbed Tshabalala had gone in at an angle, puncturing her artery.

Looking at a scale of between 1-10, Morule said he believed excessive force had been used to make the wound which was so deep that his entire index finger, which is 9cm long, did not reach the end of the wound.

Sebolai has denied killing his girlfriend, stating she was injured as the two of them struggled over a knife.

The young woman was found dead in Sebolai's bed in June last year. She had bled to death.

The trial, which began in July, is drawing to an end. Both the defence and State said they had no further witnesses and closed their respective cases.

They were expected to file their heads of argument on Monday and the arguments are expected to be heard on September 8.

A smiling Sebolai walked out of court with his relatives. He told one journalist that he was happy about the break, adding that it had been a long few weeks.

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