Judgment starts in Montecasino murder trial

2015-06-23 16:48
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Johannesburg - The judge in the Montecasino murder trial accepted all the evidence put forward by the State's witnesses, she said as she started delivering judgment on Tuesday.

Judge Delize Smith on Tuesday told the high court sitting in Palm Ridge that she accepted all the evidence put forward by the State's witnesses in the murder case against two people accused of killing widower Dustan Blom in September 2013.

Maruschka Robinson and Jean Pierre Malan sat in the dock, about a metre apart, as the judge read through the evidence gathered during the trial.

Blom's body was found in the boot of his car at Montecasino in Fourways on September 22 after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

The two were arrested shortly afterwards.

On Tuesday the public gallery was filled with Blom's friends and family as well as the families of the two accused. They listened closely as the judge said the evidence given by the State witnesses was not in dispute.

One of the witnesses, Dr Shirley Moeng, had previously told the court that Blom died as a result of strangulation, Smith said.

Moeng had found that the cause of Blom's death was strangulation as his neck was swollen from the application of significant pressure.

She had also found that Blom sustained two blows to his head shortly before his death.

Robinson had told the court she suspected that she had given Blom a high dose of "G", the drug Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, which depresses the central nervous system.

It was one of the items in a "party pack'' of drugs Malan and Robinson carried around, and allegedly used to drug Blom so they could draw money from his bank account.

Malan and Robinson have pleaded not guilty to killing Blom. They also pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Robinson did, however, plead guilty to five counts of fraud for using Blom's bank card to draw money, but pleaded not guilty to attempting to defeat the ends of justice by leaving his body in his car at Montecasino.

Malan pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud, attempting to defeat the ends of justice and five counts of being in possession of fake ID documents.

Robinson previously told the court that Blom was bleeding from his nose and mouth and was falling "all over" before he collapsed in a pool of blood. She had had to put her finger under his bleeding nose, the court heard.

Robinson and Malan later moved Blom's body to his car and cleaned up the area, before leaving the car at Montecasino.

"If the court draws a conclusion it can only be drawn from the facts of evidence," the judge said.

Malan had previously admitted to the court that he felt partly responsible for Blom's death as he had supplied Robinson with the drugs.

Smith said there was no direct evidence implicating him in Blom's death.

The case has been postponed to Friday. 

Robinson and Malan kissed and hugged their friends and family before being taken back to their cells.

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