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.

  • T@xpayer - 2011-07-14 18:13

    Jub Jub deserves a nice long time in jail. He was reckless and killed and seriously injured innocent people. He is trying to get out owing to technicalities. He must pay for his crime.

      Antonio Ashley Morientes - 2011-07-15 12:13

      I totally concur with you T@xpayer. This lives one with a question as to what exactly do lawyers study, is it to oppose the law? there's overwhelming evidence that the duo where drag racing, I mean poeple lost lives, what more is there to argue about? Instaed of wasting any more tax payers money by prolonging the sentencing, this lawyer should be focusing on a plea to have the sentence reduced.

  • coconuts - 2011-07-14 18:14

    Typical!! makes me sick - but then there were witnessess as well as the video - what is the defense lawyer going to try and discredit them? Jub Jub should be a man and admit he killed those precious children

  • Kristi10 - 2011-07-14 18:18

    Jub Jub You killed four children and badly hurt two more kids bacause you made a very bad decission to have a "fun" drag race with your buddies.... "Man up" and take your punishment stop putting the families of your victims through more trauma they do not deserve that.

      ColinJo - 2011-07-15 08:53

      What on earth has the cell phone got to do with it? The kids are DEAD!

  • crackerr - 2011-07-14 18:20

    Sounds like a circus in the making. Look, clever lawyer, this is how common sense works. The witness says they were racing and the same witness makes available a video recording of the start ro th event. Do you really think the witness is so daft as to think the recording will not give her away as a liar if she indeed fabricated the racing version? And how could she have known that the video recording would be tampered with to make it appear that there was indeed a race? Plead guilty and get the accused to put up an act of sorrowful repentence of a lifetime. It could just help to avoid a lifetime sentence. And stop acting like a clown.

  • reinier.van.den.bergh - 2011-07-14 18:24

    does not change the fact that jubjub was as drunk as a pickled onion

      Ian - 2011-07-14 19:20

      @ 7AM

      JustMe - 2011-07-15 14:11

      he wasn't drunk he was high on cocaine and morphin...which makes it worse...

  • masenya30 - 2011-07-14 18:42

    comment hidden until the court day justice must done

  • Atholl - 2011-07-14 18:52

    Lawyers think that the justice system is a game. The issue seems to the the death (murder) of innocent schoolchildren who don't expect to be mowed down by (speeding) vehicles .... on their way home from school .... in a built up suburb. Now the lawyers intend tarnishing the evidence in order to pervert justice ..... for money. The schoolchildren who were killed (murdered) and their parents, friends etc. simply won't be satisfied with a justice game in court. They, themselves will lose respect for the courts. Courts have a simple choice when administering the law and determining truth ... Buckle to the few lawyers who play games in court ... and face the backlash from the public. or Protect the many (public) by applying the law as indicated in the Bill of Rights. .... and face the (apparent) displeasure of the few dirty lawyers. The victims (now dead) don't have the same choice.

  • Ian - 2011-07-14 19:19

    omg loser TRIES to defend another loser, what a bunch of pathtic losers, what gets me is that the fat jelli tot visits this loser in prison but dosent have time for the MURDERED childrens families, ROT IN HELL JUB JUB AND TAKE YOUR MATE MALEMA WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sharon.artz - 2011-07-14 19:25

    Of course they would clutch at any straw to try and create doubt. Stop trying to defend yourself, you killed innocent children

  • Michael - 2011-07-14 19:28

    This trial is really starting to sound like a "circus" OJ Simpson thing. Jub Jub and Tshabalala know they were drag-racing, and now they are trying all the avenues to escape on technicalities. I wonder how do they spend those sleepless moments, in the middle of the night, staring at the ceiling! Instead of waisting stupid money on the defense, they should be saving that money towards rehabilitation of the survivors and well-being of the mourning families. In that way they will be showing some remorse, because they know, deep down, that they tried some experiment that went horribly wrong!

  • Man can do - 2011-07-14 19:33

    They are not men. If they were, they would acknowledge what they did and accept the punishment meted out to them. This is typical of lawyers digging around in grey areas trying to get their guilty clients off the hook. Stop wasting time - you killed 4 innocent schoolchildren!

      Michael - 2011-07-14 22:25

      They must take it like men (bending forward?- I suppose) oefening vir papa...

  • mike.kgatla - 2011-07-14 20:19

    state is wastin time n money wit dis guilty celeb

  • genisus - 2011-07-14 20:38

    Who cares about the dam phone??? There were MORE than enough eye witnesses?? This stalling is pathetic and ridiculous that the court allows this to carry on... just another example of how fantastic the justice system is! What a joke! This chop needs to peel potatoes behind bars for a loooong time!

  • GT - 2011-07-14 20:52

    This lawyer is coming across as bad OJ defence team lawyer. The dog ate my clients homework my lord. He is desperately clutching at straws, sitting with nothing but witness after witness sticking his client in an ever deepening pit.

  • Joe - 2011-07-14 20:57

    The judge must grow some "balls" and tell this lawyer to stop wasting time and our money, there is more than enough other evidence to convict these 2 losers. Get them to jail ASAP.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-07-14 21:07

    Next move by scumbag lawyer is "Trial by Media" watch this space. Jub Jub, hope you've played your last track.

  • braamc - 2011-07-14 21:16

    He was framed. Another murderer probably gonna end up with a suspended sentence. Let the community take care of him, certainly not gonna miss his music

  • Douglas - 2011-07-14 21:40

    I agree with "coconuts" - stand up and admit to your wrong doing - "Truth & Reconciliation" - it has worked for the country ' why not for the individual.

  • Don - 2011-07-14 22:24

    The longer a lawyer can drag out a case, even if he knows his client is guilty, the more money he gets

  • Don - 2011-07-14 22:28

    The longer a lawyer can drag out a case, even if he knows his client is guilty, the more money he gets

  • Benzo - 2011-07-14 22:52

    For those who do not remember...the same trick was played during the Motata trial. Going into these kind of technical issues just delays the process. The judge must have learned fomr the Motata process.

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  • Liberty - 2011-07-15 02:47

    This argument about weather the video is legit or not is becoming ridiculous now. His attorney is really trying to split hairs, but it's not gonna get that druggie scum bag off.

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  • melchiedek - 2011-07-15 08:33

    this lawyer is just making money and taking chances.just let jub jub do his time guys are waiting inside for miss jub jub

  • Kenpachi - 2011-07-15 08:56

    How can there be technicalities,...The kids are dead what other proof do they need!!! This is disgusting

  • Gibbonater - 2011-07-15 09:42

    Hand him over to community and lets see how long it takes for justice to be metered out.

  • Ramona - 2011-07-15 10:25

    Could this Ike Motlung please stop his shenanigans as there is too much of compelling evidence against Jub Jub & Tshabala to lock them away for a very long time, so please could the sentencing of these 2 f*&kers get under way as there is no evidence to suggest that these 2 are not guilty and if they get off the hook with a light suspended sentence then we will have confirmation that the law system in this country is F*&%#D

  • HJS - 2011-07-15 10:39

    I keep wondering which part of "two crashed/wrecked cars, dead & injured children" this idiot Ike does not understand. If ever there was an "open and shut case" that should have been concluded during one afternoon this is it. Is there any law that can be used to sink the village idiot Ike as well? I can not even begin to think just how angry this must make the parents and relatives of the children killed & injured.

  • Grant - 2011-07-15 10:48

    Jub-Jub's lawyer is missing an OBVIOUS defence! Not only was the phone tampered with, the blood tests tampered with, and witnesses bribed to lie - the biggest conspiracy has been left untouched: The kids actually THREW THEMSELVES in front of the car. They were also out to get him, and sacrificed their lives in order to do so. In fact, the dead kids should be charged with willful destruction of property! Come on Mr Lawyer - you're missing a trick here!

  • JustinD - 2011-07-15 11:46

    These bastards should be begging for jail time or mob justice might prevail.....personally, i would prefer the community takes care of him in there own special way.

  • nic - 2011-07-15 12:35

    Arg please. I think Jub Jubs lawyer is also on drugs. The Cell Phone hacking case is in London, not here moron!!! Just plead guilty already. Bubba is waiting.

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