Judgment expected in De Jager case

2014-04-15 07:27
Charmaine Mare. (Supplied)

Charmaine Mare. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The Western Cape High Court is expected to pass judgment on Tuesday on Johannes Christiaan de Jager, accused of killing and dismembering teenager Charmaine Mare, and murdering prostitute Hiltina Alexander.

His lawyer, Sakkie Maartens, told the court during his last appearance last month, that De Jager was guilty of common assault on a teenager in his custody.

Maartens argued that not only did his client not murder 16-year-old Mpumalanga resident Charmaine Mare, he could also not be found guilty of culpable homicide.

De Jager, 49, had pleaded not guilty to killing Mare in January last year, and not guilty to raping and killing 18-year-old prostitute Alexander in 2008.

He previously testified that Mare died in an accidental fatal fall, saying he dismembered her body and set her torso alight in a panicked and shocked state.

Besides previously pleading guilty to dismemberment, De Jager also admitted guilt on a lesser charge of theft of Mare's phone, rather than robbery.

Maartens said there was no evidence to suggest De Jager assaulted or threatened her to take possession of her phone.

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