Montecasino murder accused took drugs - witness

2015-04-16 20:47
Maruschka Robinson (Adam Wakefield, News24)

Maruschka Robinson (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - A former stripper colleague of murder accused Maruschka Robinson, who was dating Dustan Blom at the time of his death, told a Johannesburg court on Thursday that she saw both Robinson and fellow accused JP Malan take drugs a day prior to Blom's disappearance.

The former stripper, before she began her testimony, requested and got a court order granted by Judge Delize Smith that her name not be published due to personal reasons.

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

The former stripper said that on September 17 2003, she was invited into Robinson's room at Blom's home.

"Accused number two [Malan] then walked into her bedroom... this was the first time I met accused number two and while I was sitting down on the bed, I asked her [Robinson], Dustan had offered to buy her a car if she could prove to him that she could save R10 000, he would give her the extra 10 000 to buy a car," the former stripper told the court.

"Well, she [Robinson] said it is easy to [get] R10 000."

The former stripper said Robinson then turned around with a "smug look" to Malan, who had a "thoughtful look, with his head nodding up and down".

"He [Malan] then said 'Babe can you please check out the party pack'. She [Robinson] then pulled out a small black rucksack... He asked her if G was in, she said check, he asked her if the LSD was in, she said check, and then she pulled out a [pack] of kat," the former stripper said.

At this point, Robinson's lawyer Jesse Penton objected to the former stripper's evidence, asking why it was relevant.

Prosecutor Zaais Van Zyl said further evidence was coming that connected to "G", with Judge Delize Smith allowing the former stripper to continue.

"I then asked accused number one if they had reason to celebrate and she said 'We are going to have reason to celebrate'."

Asked by Van Zyl whether Robinson elaborated on her reasons, the former stripper said she did not.

"I thought all these drugs between two people was ridiculous. It was a lot," she said.

She told the court that Malan then pulled a package of tinfoil out of the rucksack, and then he opened it. The foil contained a powder. Malan then lit the tin foil and inhaled the fumes, with Robinson then doing the same, before offering the former stripper who declined.

Dustan returned home later and he and the former stripper went for lunch before she was later dropped at her home.

September 17 was the last time she saw Blom alive.

The former stripper had been staying with Blom almost every night since September 8, when she said her and Blom "made love for the first time", having met on September 3.

Prior to that, on September 11, Robinson apparently walked into Blom's bedroom while he was not there, uninvited, and sat herself down on the bed where the former stripper was, rubbing her two fingers together, "a sign that dancers use that Dustan's got money".

"She [Robinson] then told me about two previous dancers Dustan had spent money on. Her nose was clearly out of joint," the former stripper told the court.

"She moved her head side to side, with a hiss and hum, describing how much these girls had made off Dustan. Her lips were curled to the side, talking in an aggressive manner."

Penton objected to Smith, asking what relevance such a description had to do with the charges.

Van Zyl said: "My lady, we say that this murder is all about money... and this will not go on a long time, just about the interaction. We respectfully submit that it is relevant."

Smith allowed the former stripper to continue and she said that Robinson had told her that the two girls had made R350 000 and R80 000 off Blom respectively.

The former stripper then excused herself and told Robinson that she needed to shower.

"Then our conversation ended and Dustan arrived back home and he took me back home," she told the court.

Blom's body was discovered on September 22 by security guards who noticed a foul smell coming from the vehicle.

Robinson was arrested on September 24 and Malan on September 26.

Proceedings were adjourned until Friday.

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