Jub Jub lawyer suggests cellphone tampering

2011-07-14 17:48
Johannesburg - The possibility that cellphone evidence was tampered with was brought up by the defence in the trial of musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Temba Tshabalala in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

"The cellphone repairer's name remains a mystery... Did [he] tamper with the cellphone?" defence lawyer Ike Motloung asked the Protea Glen police station commander Captain Moses Segapo.

He was referring to a five second cellphone video showing two Mini Coopers pulling off parallel to one another.

Cellphone was locked

The video was recorded by Ntokozo Mahlangu, who testified in May that she was standing on the corner of Mdlalose Street with her friends when she saw the two men allegedly racing.

State prosecutors could not immediately access the video because the cellphone had been locked and a technician had to be called in to unlock it.

Segapo said the technician had "never" tampered with the phone.

"He used a laptop to break the lock on the phone... He didn't tamper with the video."

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

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

Four children were killed and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage in the incident.

Query over who unlocked phone

During the proceedings on Thursday, Motloung asked Segapo when he used police support services for technical issues and when he used "your man around the corner at the spaza shop"?

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa objected to this saying he and Segapo had attempted to get the phone unlocked at various Vodacom shops, but had failed.

"I asked Segapo to help where he can and he helped," said Mathenjwa.

The trial continues.

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