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Jub Jub investigating officer testifies

2011-05-24 15:35

Johannesburg - The investigating officer in the case of murder-accused Molema Jub Jub Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala testified in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Inspector Mpho Matshidiso, who last took the stand during the bail application, was the officer who had transported their urine samples to the forensic laboratory in Johannesburg.

He testified that he had received two blood samples and two urine samples on March 9, last year. He had taken the samples to the laboratory on March 18.

When State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa asked why it had taken nine days for the samples to be taken to the laboratory, Matshidiso said this was because he was waiting for a letter from the senior prosecutor at the court to give him the go ahead.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8, last year.

Four children died in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

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

Cross-examination

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung was cross-examining Matshidiso on Tuesday afternoon.

He asked Matshidiso if he had left instructions at the laboratory for analysts to specifically look for morphine and cocaine.

Matshidiso said he had not.

Earlier in the day forensic analyst Jose van Rooyen told the court that she was given a note to look for certain substances in the urine samples.

Motloung said there had been wide media coverage of the case with reports saying preliminary tests had found morphine and cocaine in the samples.

Van Rooyen said that when she was given the samples she was told that the case was high profile and had seen some of the media reports.

Van Rooyen is a forensic analyst for the department of health at its forensic laboratory in Johannesburg.

Analysis

Motloung cross-examined Van Rooyen on Tuesday on how she conducted the analysis of the urine samples.

Van Rooyen testified that a number of drugs were found in the urine samples of Maarohanye and Tshabalala.

She told the court that the first sample was found to contain cocaine, codeine, benzoyl codeine, paracetamol, diphenhydramine and cotamine.

The second sample contained traces of cocaine, codeine, benzoyl codeine, nicotine, caffeine and paracetamol.

"These are all drugs," she said.

She said the samples did not show the levels of the substances.

Van Rooyen told the court that every piece of equipment she used to conduct the analysis was certified and that a quality control test was conducted before the analysis started.

She also told the court that she was a forensic analysis expert, but was not a toxicologist and could not say how the drugs would affect a person's behaviour.

Taunts


As Maarohanye left the courtroom for the lunch break, family members of the children who died shouted "In the end you killed".

One of the women, who did not want to be named, said as he walked out: "he told us to fuck off".

Courtroom 6 at the Protea North court house filled up in the course of Tuesday's proceedings.

Relatives wore T-shirts for the "Parents in Action" organisation, which they started against drug and alcohol abuse.

Comments
  • zulufox - 2011-05-24 15:50

    NINE DAYS!!! WTF, JUB JUB will walk because of shoddy police work... this is so sad, especially for the families who lost their kids...

      SaintBruce - 2011-05-24 15:59

      No he won't walk. He was seen getting out of the car among the bodies of those he had killed. That will put him in jail but the added drugged driving charge will increase his jail time. DNA , blood and urine samples are good for a long time if stored properly. Do our SAPS know how to do this? He won't walk free, that's for sure.

      DeonL - 2011-05-24 16:10

      He was the driver, it was his car. Chances are slim that he will walk.

      Joe15 - 2011-05-24 16:26

      Funny Zulufox... I have been reading your comments since May 18. You seem to be all for the current administration who is also in charge of the SAPS if I am not mistaken. Might want to take this up with your mates over at the ANC comrades...

      nangamso1 - 2011-05-24 16:39

      @joe15 plz comment and leave politics

      Joe15 - 2011-05-24 16:51

      @nangamso1 - When you so furiously back a certain party on a public forum and one week later expect to bring their administration into question, you will have to be able to explain. I am not talking politics, I am merely pointing out a fact to Zulufox.

      Krolie - 2011-05-24 19:09

      @SaintBruce. "When State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa asked why it had taken nine days for the samples to be taken to the laboratory, Matshidiso said this was because he was waiting for a letter from the senior prosecutor at the court to give him the go ahead." I have a question which I hope you can help with: Should the investigating office request that the lab do the analysis of the samples the moment he had it, or was he supposed to wait for the senior prosecutor's go-ahead as he stated under questioning? If he had to wait for the prosecutor, then the prosecutor should take the blame for the delay, or am I wrong here?

  • advurt - 2011-05-24 15:53

    YUP, and so this useless, heartless excuse of a human will walk free, while he leaves devastated parents in his wake - with no feeling at all. Bottom line - his actions KILLED innocent children. So what about these samples? He still caused their death due to his driving. Was he driving properly? Did these children jump in front of his car? NO! He smashed into them, because he drove recklessly. Please - we need a DEXTER in this country to take people like this who get away OUT of the community, in small little pieces and then feed that to the stray dogs.

  • Grant - 2011-05-24 15:55

    If this little prat showed even the slightest bit of remorse, I could understand him being scared and trying to find a defense. But he literally couldnt care less for those he killed, and the families they left behind. The guy must rot!

      Grant - 2011-05-24 17:02

      ...and somebody gives me a thumbs-down for my comment? What a sicko!

  • zimsil sils - 2011-05-24 16:37

    HE WILL WALK ON A TECHNICALITY. WHAT HE DID IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS MURDER BUT AS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER. UNFORTUNATELY HE WASNT CHARGERED WITH MANSLAUGHTER

  • zimsil sils - 2011-05-24 16:38

    HE WILL WALK ON A TECHNICALITY. WHAT HE DID IS NOT CLASSIFIED AS MURDER BUT AS VEHICULAR MANSLAUGHTER. UNFORTUNATELY HE WASNT CHARGERED WITH MANSLAUGHTER

      Werfbobbejaan - 2011-05-24 17:18

      They can still be found guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter, you dont need to be prosecuted specifically for that. With the 4 counts of manslaughter they will serve as much time as a murder conviction.

  • ji - 2011-05-24 16:38

    he is guilty of murder , hang the piece of crap .

  • PappaBear - 2011-05-24 16:58

    9 days.... This wouldn't happen on NCIS or CSI!!!

  • Streetdreams - 2011-05-24 17:35

    Some of you guys dont evn understand the constituitionu are just posting comments, im not saying the GUY was right , but in the right state of mind as a Microbiologist i does not make sense to take blood samples and do the testing after nine days, and obviously the storeage affects the results etc and do you call traces of cocaine, codeine, benzoyl codeine, nicotine, caffeine and paracetamol drugs, these is a JOKE, if you drink 2 Red Bulls they will find traces of Caffeine in uur blood samples, most pills have all these things mentioned here, these guys are just messing UP these case finish and klaar.

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