Malan recalls how Blom was found in pool of blood

2015-04-29 17:11
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Johannesburg - JP Malan told a Johannesburg court on Wednesday of the events leading to him and Maruschka Robinson finding Dustan Blom, the man they are accused of killing, in pool of blood at Blom's home on September 19 2013.

He was giving his testimony at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court, before Judge Delize Smith.

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

Over the course of Wednesday morning, Malan told a full courtroom about what happened up to the early afternoon of September 18. When court resumed after lunch, Malan was asked by lawyer JP Marais what time he returned to Blom's home. Malan had earlier left to draw money using Blom's bankcard.

He said between 13:30 and 14:00, using the side entrance as he always did. 

"Accused number one [Robinson] said to me that she asked Dustan for the [bank] card and Dustan had given her the card and the pin, and he wanted us to go buy food and draw money, and use his car," Malan told the court. Robinson constantly wrote notes during his testimony.

He and Robinson then went to the Olivedale shopping centre, where Robinson withdrew R3 000, Malan said.

"Now, we had heard evidence from accused number one [Robinson] that on the 18th in the afternoon you drove into Montecasino and then out again to go to Dion Wired in Fourways. Did that happen?" Marais asked.

"Absolutely not," Malan replied.

"Accused number one [Robinson] had testified that she had made the purchases at Dion Wired... after Dion Wired where did you go?" Marais said.

"Accused number one [Robinson] drove to Marlboro in Sandton to pick up methadrine. After that we went to Sunrise Pizza... a takeaway restaurant."

After buying three pizzas, one each for Robinson, Blom and Malan, they went back to Blom's house.

"I still didn't see him. We used the side entrance. Maruschka took the pizza to him downstairs. After she went downstairs, she came back up," Malan said.

Later that day Malan left the house in a taxi with Robinson. They went to the guesthouse on Surrey Avenue in Randburg where Malan had been staying from time to time.

Security footage

They booked in there for the night, and then went to Montecasino in Malan's car.

"Now accused number one told this court that after Dion Wired, you dropped her at Randburg Inn and then you drove off with the body of the deceased in the back of [Blom's Nissan] and when you came back, you told her you had parked the vehicle at Montecasino. What do you say to that?" Marais said.

"That's impossible. That's a lie," Malan said.

Marais asked Malan about the security footage from Montecasino, which showed Malan and Robinson at the entertainment complex just past midnight on September 19, where they used Blom's card, which they had stolen, to draw money.

"At that stage did you know anything about what had happened to the deceased?" Marais asked.

"Not at all," Malan said.

"Now after you had withdrawn the R26 500 at Montecasino, where did you go then?" Marais said.

"We went back to Surrey Avenue where I was booked in at the bed and breakfast and we stayed there for the night. This is where accused number one [Robinson] decided to tell me that she thought that Dustan Blom was dead," Malan said.

"She told me that she thought she gave him too much G [GHB, a date rape drug], and she heard him stumbling downstairs... and she wanted to go check. I then asked her how does she know that he is dead for sure and she told me that she put her finger under his nose and there was nothing."

Malan and Robinson then had a "huge fight", where Malan asked her why she had sent him to draw money if she knew Blom was dead.

They both went back to Blom's house early in the morning on September 19 to see what was going on.

"When you got to the deceased's [Blom's] house, what did you do?" Marais asked.

"I went to go inspect what had happened, and Dustan was lying face flat on the floor in a pool of blood."

The trial continues.

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