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Lawyer grills guard in Maqubela trial

2011-11-10 20:32

Cape Town - A security guard was queried in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday about details he gave around the death of acting judge Patrick Maqubela.

The security guard, Mark Benjamin, testified he found Maqubela's body, covered in a white sheet, in the main bedroom of the judge's luxury apartment - The President Suites in Bantry Bay, Cape Town in June 2009.

Maqubela's widow, Thandi Maqubela, and Gauteng businessman Vela Mabena are on trial for Maqubela's murder.

On Thursday, defence attorney Randall Titus confronted Benjamin about irregularities in his testimony.

He testified that a "black male" in a battered Toyota Corolla visited Maqubela on the day his body was found, when in fact the visitor (Mabena) arrived in a battered BMW.

Titus also recalled Benjamin's testimony where he said he phoned the judge to let him know Mabena was there, and that Maqubela asked to send him in.

The defence argued that his words differed in his statement to police where he said: "Let him in, he is my friend".

Titus said there was a big difference just as there was a difference between the Toyota and the BMW.

Benjamin testified that Maqubela's widow left the premises soon after Mabena and he did not record her departure as she was a resident in the complex.

Cross-examination is expected to continue on Monday.