Evidence in Jub Jub trial 'compromised'

2012-06-04 17:43
Evidence in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala has been questioned in the Protea Magistrate's Court. (File, Sapa)

Evidence in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala has been questioned in the Protea Magistrate's Court. (File, Sapa)

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

Johannesburg - Evidence in the murder trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala was questioned in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Monday.

"The evidence was seriously compromised," video expert Riana Smalberger said during questioning.

Ike Motloung, for Maarohanye, explained how a cellphone showing the two men allegedly racing was confiscated.

He said the owner of the phone was first allowed to delete items from the phone and the police later tried to open the phone.

Smalberger said police should have used proper methodology. Information on the phone could have been deleted.

When asked earlier what would happen if this was done before a computer was confiscated, she said: "No, it's unheard of. It's forensically incorrect. You're compromising evidence."

On Wednesday, Smalberger, called by Maarohanye's defence, came under fire.

She had told the court she found 13 video clips on a cellphone. Ten of them were deleted and two were still on the phone.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa wanted to know what had happened to the missing video and Smalberger replied that she had made a mistake, and that only 12 videos were found.

She told the court she started working on the video only on Tuesday, when her brief was to download it. That was why she had not made any analysis. Mathenjwa accused her of being in possession of private information not relevant to the trial.

He said she was supposed to analyse the two video clips and was not supposed to retrieve deleted information from the phone. He was not clear on why she had failed to make an analysis.

Smalberger said she had been on leave and had only done a preliminary report, which she was unable to testify about until a full report had been completed.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers when they crashed into a group of school children in Mdlalose Street, in Protea North, on March 8, 2010.

Four boys died and two were seriously injured.

- SAPA

Read more on:    jub jub  |  themba tshabalala  |  soweto  |  johannesburg  |  jub jub case
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24 die on SA roads

21 minutes ago

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
21 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
 

DA wants to empower fishing communities - Zille

DA leader Helen Zille says the party has a plan for harbours and small-scale fishing communities.

 
 

Latest elections multimedia

Why Jack Parow wants you to vote on 7 May
The ad the SABC doesn't want to air
Elections 2014 in one cartoon
This year's election posters
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Friday Grabouw - 11:32 AM
    Road name: N2 Eastbound
    DELAYS between Sir Lowrys Pass and Grabouw
  • Friday Cape Town - 10:14 AM
    Road name: M3 Inbound
    EVENT - left lane closed between Rhodes Avenue and UCT
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy Note 16GB

GALAXY Note combines the market's largest HD Super AMOLED display,...

From R3899.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may find yourself putting in that extra effort on looking good and making an impression. ...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.