Ex-stripper's testimony continues to be questioned

2015-04-17 16:20


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Johannesburg - The testimony of a former stripper, who used to be a colleague of murder accused Maruschka Robinson, continued to have her testimony questioned in a Johannesburg court on Friday, with doubt thrown on her claim that she was booked as a dancer by the deceased Dustan Blom on September 5 2013.

Robinson and JP Malan are accused of killing Blom, and dumping his body in the boot of his car before leaving it at Montecasino, in Fourways, Johannesburg on September 19 2013. The car was discovered days later, on September 22, by security staff after they noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

JP Marais, representing Malan and addressing the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge, asked the former stripper about that first apparent booking Blom made with her.

The former stripper, who sought and had a court order granted that her name not be published, had testified on Thursday that Blom booked her and another dancer on September 5. She said the other dancer had left later, while she stayed the night with Blom in his room at Montecasino.

Marais questioned her about The Penthouse, and whether the establishment operated under a pseudonym when it came to payments being made to them.

The former stripper said she was not aware of the club's alias, which they used "so their wives wouldn't see on their credit card".

"Joe's Restaurant?" Marais asked.

"This is the club owner's name, so this may be possible," the former stripper replied.

"Did you, at any stage, notice Mr Blom use any other form of payment, except his bank card?"

"He only used his bank card," she replied.

"And you started working at the club on the 26th of August? That is correct?"

"That is correct," the former stripper said.

"And on August 29, Mr Blom spent R8 800 at Joe's Restaurant."

The former stripper told the court that Blom booked out a different dancer at the club every night while she was working there.

Meeting Blom

She said it cost R10 000 to be in the company of a dancer, and another R2 000 for the dancer to come off the floor to compensate for lost revenue.

Marais said: "So on the 30th [of August] he spent approximately R31 000 at the club, plus R8 800. This is almost R40 000 on the 29th [of August]."

"I was not liaising or speaking to Dustan Blom at his stage, so what he spent on dancers at this time I do not know," the former stripper said.

Marais asked: "You first met Dustan Blom on September 3?"

"Yes that is correct," the former stripper replied.

She said on that day they just "liaised", with Blom coming over to talk to her, as dancers did not step on each other's toes. You were not allowed to speak to another dancer's client, unless the client directly walked up and spoke to you.

"He had you for four hours? This is correct?" Marais asked.

"This is correct," she said.

Marais asked the former stripper about September 5, the first date she was booked out with him with another dancer.

"I see he spent R26 000 on the... entry dated September 4, that is middle of the page," Marais said, looking at Blom's bank records.

"He took out two other dancers on that evening, who was the one dancer I went with on the 5th and the 6th [of September]," the former stripper said.

"The problem I have with your testimony there is no amount reflected on his bank account on the 5th of September," Marais said.

‘Biggest customer’

The former stripper disputed this, telling the court: "Dustan Blom was their biggest customer at The Penthouse and there could have been a pre-arrangement and could have perhaps paid for that the day after," she said.

"You can see [on the bank records] that Montecasino is booked for September 5 which is where we went to."

She interrupted Marais while he continued questioning her, with Judge Delize Smith again warning her to let counsel finish their questions.

"My lady I do suffer from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)...I do go into a panicked state if someone shouts at me. You won't get correct answers out of me," the former stripper told the court.

Marais, with Robinson's counsel Jesse Penton having done the same during his cross-examination, asked the former stripper why she testified that Robinson and Malan had shown her their apparent "party pack" of drugs at Blom's home on September 17, but this was not included in her statement given to police.

"You also told us about your encounter with accused number two [Malan] on the 17th when the so called party pack came to light," he said.

The former stripper responded: "There was no so called party pack. There was a party pack."

"And between this party pack, there was some serious drugs?" Marais said, to which the former stripper agreed.

"You have G, LSD, Meth, Kat, these are dangerous drugs, correct?"

The former stripper said that was correct, to which Marais followed with: "And they, accused number one and accused number two had absolutely no qualms about showing their array of recreational drugs?"

The former stripper responded: "Accused number one and accused number two are lying", to which Marais said, "That answer makes absolutely no sense as I didn't ask a question."

The former stripper told the court that it sounded like a question to her, and after the meaning of "qualm" was explained, she said there was no reluctance on their part to show her the drugs and do the checklist in front of her.

"And you were fully aware of their possession of these dangerous drugs when you made your statement on September 23 2013?" Marais asked.

The former stripper said she told the police about the drugs when she gave her statement.

"I believed he [the officer taking the statement] knew what I was up for...while knowing the trauma I was going through...I believe he was being sincere to try not put everything so I would not be called into court," the former stripper said.

"I told [the officer] far more information than is in the statement."

Following this answer, Marais said to the stripper: "I put it to you, you are lying... No mention of any party packet, no mention of any dangerous drugs, no mention of him doing drugs."

The former stripper said the officer who took the statement "promised me numerous times, 'Don't worry you aren't going to be called up, you may go as you please'. I did not want to be in Joburg, I wanted to be with my family at this point."

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