Griekwastad boy 'detached after killing'

2013-03-25 16:03
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Kimberley - The Steenkamp family discussed all possible angles as to what could have happened during the 2012 Griekwastad farm killings, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Monday.

The court was hearing evidence in the triple murder trial of a 16-year-old boy.

Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, were killed on the farm Naauwhoek, on 6 April 2012.

Deon Steenkamp’s sister Marianna Smith, was the State’s first witness on Monday.

She testified that several family members went to the farmhouse to make a list of possible stolen items.

A one stage, she and her mother Bettie Steenkamp, stood in the living room and speculated how Deon and Christel could have been overpowered in the house.

"My scenario was that somebody came down the passage [of the house] and shot Christel in front of the computer."

Smith said she had discussions with the boy in the days after the murders.

She testified that he appeared to behave normally the first time she met him.

"He did not cry, [was] not emotional or heartbroken."

Smith testified that a day later she met him again and this time he was buoyant and even spoke of future plans.

Smith was the family member who went to the Kimberley mortuary to identify the bodies of her brother, sister-in-law, and niece.

On Monday, the court started after a short delay when the boy’s defence team received documents from the prosecution which they had to discuss first.

Smith's cross-examination would start after the lunch break.

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