Griekwastad shots fired from inside, court told

2013-11-12 16:15
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Kimberley - Evidence indicates that several shots fired at the Griekwastad farm murder scene were fired from inside the house, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Police ballistics expert Warrant Officer Nosamose Nhlapo testified that some of the damage to the kitchen door was caused by gunfire from inside the house in the direction of the back door.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of a 17-year-old youth accused of murdering farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14.

Police seized a .357 revolver and a .22 rifle.

A bullet hole from the .357 revolver was found inside the house.

The bullet went through the house's prefab-wall and struck a shed wall some distance away in the back yard, ricocheting up into the shed door.

Nhlapo testified that Deon Steenkamp was shot twice with the .357 revolver, his wife Christel was shot once, and their daughter Marthella once.

All the shots were in the chest area.

Nhlapo said Deon Steenkamp also had a rifle wound to the left side of the neck.

The rifle was also used to shoot the woman and girl in the head.

The court heard that the revolver shots would have been audible from the shed outside the house.

Items of the victims' clothing had tested negative for propellant residue.

Nhlapo said there could be many reasons for this, such as their being outside the range for propellant residue to settle.

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