Montecasino murder: Malan contradicts ex-stripper's testimony

2015-04-29 16:32
JP Malan (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - JP Malan, who with former stripper Maruschka Robinson is accused of killing Dustan Blom, contradicted her version of events in his testimony on Wednesday.

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. The court had previously heard Blom most likely died on September 18, with the state forensic pathologist stating that Blom died from aphyxiation.

Malan took the stand at the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court, with Robinson having concluded her testimony on Tuesday, and told the court about the pair's modus operandi for drugging Blom and taking his bank card so they could draw money.

He also told the court how he supplied Robinson with different types of drugs. He said the pair had met in April 2013 and had started a relationship shortly afterwards.  

Malan's lawyer JP Marais, leading Malan in evidence, then moved onto September 17, asking Malan what time he arrived at Blom's house, where Robinson, a former stripper at the Lollipop Lounge, had been staying for several months.

Malan said he arrived around 22:00, though he was not exactly sure of the time, and went straight to Robinson's room as he always did.

"And when you got there, what happened?" Marais asked.

"When I got there, accused number one [Robinson] was having a fight with Dustan about some money that was owed," Malan said.

The argument was taking place downstairs, where he could hear them shouting about R8 000 Robinson owed Blom, with the two "going at each other".

Robinson then went upstairs and asked Malan for a sleeping tablet which she would give to Blom.

"Did you see the deceased at all that evening or that night?" Marais asked Malan. His client responded that he had not. 

Malan left Blom's home just before 06:00 in his car, a Volvo, and went to a guest house on Surrey Avenue in Randburg where he had stayed from time to time, as his car was giving him problems. He stayed there until a taxi driver, whose number Robinson sent him, picked him up.

"Do you know what might have transpired after [you, JP, left the house]? Did she [Robinson] go downstairs with the sleeping tablet?" Marais asked.

"As far as I know, yes," Malan replied, but said he did not know if she took anything else with her.

Robinson had previously told the court that after Malan and another man, only known as Terrence, were at the house, the three of them went downstairs to see where Blom was. Robinson said they had found Blom lying on the floor where she had seen him previously while Malan had gone out to draw money.

Robinson, in her testimony, said she then saw blood coming out of Blom's nose. She had put her finger under Blom's nose, but did not detect anything. She had "freaked out" and run upstairs to her room. She was later called back down by Malan and Terrence and Malan had told her that Blom was dead.

After discussing with Malan what to do, Robinson said Terrence left shortly afterwards, while her and Malan stayed at the house for a while, before leaving later in the morning and returning in the afternoon.

Malan on Wednesday told the court that he and Terrence did not stay for longer than 10 minutes at the house, having gotten a new pin for Blom's bank card from Robinson.

Malan and Terrence then left the house, with Terrence first dropped off by the taxi driver, then Malan at the Surrey Avenue guest house where he called a friend to perhaps come look at his car.

The trial continues. 

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