Malan confessed to strangling Blom - social worker

2015-08-18 12:38
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Johannesburg - Convicted murderer JP Malan confessed to a social worker he had killed Dustan Blom, because he wanted to "come clean", a court heard on Tuesday.

Social worker Annette Vergeer told the court during sentencing proceedings that, during an interview with Malan, it initially appeared he was holding back.

"He gave me a version and I asked if he did not want to tell the truth and I could see what he was saying was not what he really wanted to say," Vergeer said.

"He told me he needed to come clean and he needed to tell the truth."

The matter was being heard in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge.

Scheme

Vergeer spoke of the scheme Malan and Maruschka Robinson, convicted of being an accessory to Blom's murder after the fact, had used to fleece Blom out of several thousand rand.

During the pair's trial, the court heard how the box wine from which Blom drank had been spiked with the date-rape drug GHB. Blom would drink from the box and later fall asleep. Malan would take Blom's credit card and withdraw money using the PIN Robinson gave him, while Robinson waited at Blom's home to delete the notification SMS once the withdrawal was made.

Vergeer said: "They saw it as an opportunity to maintain his lifestyle."

"According to him, [Blom] woke up and [Malan] got such a fright, he did not know what to do and, according to [Malan], he strangled [Blom]."

She said Malan understood he would be punished and imprisoned for what he had done and asked Blom's friends and the family "for their forgiveness and mercy".

Blom was found dead in the boot of his car at Montecasino, Fourways, on September 22, 2013 after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

Malan and Robinson were convicted by Judge Delize Smith on June 26 for their involvement in Blom's murder.

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