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Jub Jub trial 'not fair'

2012-07-16 22:32

Johannesburg - Musician Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye's murder trial was prejudicial and never fair, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

"The accused did not get a fair trial. Fairness of trial does not only begin in the courtroom, but at the time of the arrest," said Ike Motloung, for Maarohanye.

Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala allegedly crashed into a group of school children while racing in their Mini Coopers along Mdlalose Street, Protea North in March 2010.

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

Delivering his closing arguments before magistrate Brian Nemavhidi, Motloung said Maarohanye's rights had been breached at the scene of the accident.

"The late detective Moses Segapo arrived on the scene and appointed himself as case supervisor and Inspector Mpho Matshediso as investigating officer. The scene was set from there on."

Motloung said everyone had known the details of the accident an hour after it took place.

"There were TV, radio and newspaper headlines all over. Reports mentioning both the accused and how they were drag-racing and under the influence of drugs and alcohol went out to media houses."

He said he tried to find out the source of the reports in court during the trial, and that the court accepted that the source was unknown.

"This kind of publication and reports were unfair. The part played by media was very prejudicial to the accused persons."

Motloung also criticised the State's witnesses and said evidence by forensic analyst Jose van Rooyen could not be relied on.

Van Rooyen testified that drugs had been found in Maarohanye's urine sample.

The charge of being under the influence of drugs fell away a long time ago, said Motloung.

"Van Rooyen said that both the qualitative and the quantitative tests have to be done. Only the quantitative test was done; one test cannot determine presence of traces of drugs in a sample."

He said the urine samples were packaged in such a way that they could have been accessed by anyone.

"The integrity of the samples could not be guaranteed."

Comments
  • craig.m.wells - 2012-07-16 23:07

    Can we just lock someone up already please?

      Janice - 2012-07-17 07:43

      NOT FAIR??????? What he did was NOT FAIR!!!!!

  • mukuvhi - 2012-07-16 23:52

    It was fair. Justice must be done here. Thanks

  • Fanie Masemene - 2012-07-17 05:15

    Mr lawyer don't fool yourself because of money that you're getting from your client.Everybody knows that you and your client have arranged the killing of detective Moses Segapo,you thought you were killing the evidence forgetting that it is not only in the man's inteligence but we have filed it for incase you think stupid like you did.

  • micheal.moolman - 2012-07-17 05:22

    And the scene is set for community justice!

  • Jane Mdakane - 2012-07-17 06:02

    I agree someone needs to be locked up already,this trial has taken far too much time...sad thing though is that the families of the deceased are constantly reminded of the ordeal...and These two idiots have the nerve of pleading not guilty???? Lock them up throw away the key..!!!!!!!!

  • niekie.vanheerden - 2012-07-17 06:29

    What is not fair is that Jub Jub and his friend lied from day one, even at one stage telling the court that they were not friends???? Please send these murderers to jail so they can pay for the hurt and loss of those children! Maybe Jub Jub can write a new song in jail called "Being loved by Bubbu!"

  • david.mlambo.77 - 2012-07-17 06:38

    Jub must sing to his actions, we have four dead kids. Kids looked up to him and for that he was supposed to behave resposibly even behind the scenes.\r\nNow that the coctail of drugs he said were common amongst artists are out of his HEAD, i say welcome to the real world free of drugs

  • david.mlambo.77 - 2012-07-17 06:39

    Jub must sing to his actions, we have four dead kids. Kids looked up to him and for that he was supposed to behave resposibly even behind the scenes.\r\nNow that the coctail of drugs he said were common amongst artists are out of his HEAD, i say welcome to the real world free of drugs

  • afrikeni - 2012-07-17 06:54

    Here we go, the \technicalities of procedures\ on trial now, the fact that 4 kids were killed is an inconvenient truth. Law sucks.

  • Andrew M - 2012-07-17 07:10

    What a load of BS! Did the children who died as a result of their actions have a fair chance? So the police and the labs cooked up the whole thing, shame on them for doing their jobs. Nothing is fair when when caught out. Hope the judge dishes out the maximum.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-07-17 07:42

    Here's something fair, throw him to the community to give him a fair trial. He kills kids because of his definition of fun and we must be sympathetic towards him for a fair trial? I think not, hope pappa takes good care of him in prison.

  • Michael - 2012-07-17 08:21

    Presenting this argument as a closing statement indicates that the defence lawyer knows he has no chance. That bar of soap is no longer your friend Jube-Jube!

  • Ntshobs - 2012-07-17 08:39

    Tnis case is going to drag until witnesses start giving contradictry statements and then jub jub & his friend will be free

  • agumede - 2012-07-17 08:41

    Funny how we are discovering after 2 years that all the evidence is not conclusive and nothing seems to stick!

  • agumede - 2012-07-17 08:42

    Funny how we are discovering after 2 years that all the evidence is not conclusive and nothing seems to stick!

  • agumede - 2012-07-17 08:42

    Funny how we are discovering after 2 years that all the evidence is not conclusive and nothing seems to stick!

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-17 08:54

      Think you are suffering from an echo dude

  • GodsGraceSuffices - 2012-07-17 10:01

    Hopefully this will bring Jub Jub to know Jesus. When you are riding on your high horse and forgetting where everything you have comes from, you get taken down a notch so that you will turn to Jesus again andfind Hope in The Cross.

  • Dianne - 2012-07-17 10:46

    I reckon they are waiting for us to be sick and tired of hearing about it and then let them off...

  • Steynje - 2012-07-17 10:48

    The fact of the case is that he and his friend or whoever, killed children with their cars. They should get the death penalty in my honest opinion, but these "famous" people continuously gets away. I guess if you have money, you can do anything. Or at least, that's the message courts and officials across the world sends.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-17 10:55

    By the time this trial is over we will either have a few new saints or a bunch of pensioners.

  • jody.beggs - 2012-07-17 11:49

    Let him out , he won't last long on his own , there's no justice like mob justice in South Africa. You can be locked up for speeding but blue light driving through a red light can brain damage a child and not get arrested or need to pay bail. Justice is bought in this country or metered out by angry mobs gatvol of the cANCer eating away at the tax payers money. Damn the man.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-07-17 11:57

    O please!! How pathetic. Whats unfair is that children died because these two bahaved like idiots. Whats unfair is that other children saw this happen & it will probably stay with them for life. Whats unfair is that families lost their children. Whats truly disgusting is that they didnt even try to help the injured. Whats unfair is that this happened well over 2 years ago and they havent been in prsion. Jail is too good for them. They need to be hung.

  • johnny.wessels - 2012-07-25 21:57

    i say nothing less than a firing squad will do justice

  • emmanuelmasogo - 2012-10-10 12:08

    why waste time on culprits,put thoase douchbags behind bars.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-10 14:20

    Don't cry afterwards that you are falsely accused or you are being prejudiced! Jub Jub and his co accused are lying through their teeth! How did this accident happen, please even a dim wit can see they are guilty. You do the crime, you do the time. May they burn in hell!

  • ncapai.thobani - 2012-10-10 14:21

    If they are guilty they should be punished because those family members can not get back their children.

  • ndumisocouncious.ndlovu - 2012-10-16 12:42

    money can never make u supirior 2 any one.get that jub jub.they were so irresponsible they need 2 b punished.35yrs atleast then i'll b happy

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