Montecasino murder accused's text messages read out in court

2015-04-20 16:26
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Johannesburg - A series of text messages between the two people accused of killing Dustan Blom, then dumping his body at Montecasino, were read out at the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge on Monday.

The messages, extracted by police cybercrime specialist Lucy Langeveldt, form part of a 1 800-page trail of clues in SMS-slang that might shed further light on the events of the early morning of September 18, when Blom died.

"He is going to get cops here. Come here so we can g him up'', read one message on September 18 2013, at 04:17 UTC time, from murder accused Maruschka Robinson to JP Malan which was read into the court record by Langeveldt, following questioning by assistant prosecutor Steven Rubin. 

UTC time is the old Greenwich Mean Time and two hours need to be added to work out the time in South Africa, better known as "Harare time". So the message would have been sent at 06:17 in the morning in South Africa.

"G" has already come up in court before as the drug Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, which depresses the central nervous system.

In previous testimony it has been one of the items in a "party pack'' of drugs Malan and Robinson carried around, and allegedly used to drug Blom so that they could draw money from his bank account.

Another read: "You think he is awake?? Did you give him g?"

The messages seemed to indicate concern over whether Blom had already left for overseas after a yoga instructor had invited him to visit.

The instructor had been worried about him because was drinking heavily after his wife had died in childbirth and Robinson and Malan had been arranging the trip for him.

Another message from Robinson to Malan read: ''Baby just make sure we get the $$ [dollars] pls. Love you. Xx.

Passwords

At 10:53 (12:53 SA time) a message from Malan's phone asked that Robinson go and "check for more passwords".

The two also ran out of airtime from time to time, with a few "please call me" messages also showing up in the records.

The trial was adjourned to Tuesday.

Malan and Robinson were each shackled at the ankles, and did not look at each other while they were in the dock.

They have pleaded not guilty to killing Blom and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Robinson did plead guilty to five counts of fraud for using Blom's bankcard to draw money, but pleaded not guilty to attempting to defeat the ends of justice in regards to abandoning his body in his car at Montecasino.

Malan pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud, attempting to defeat the ends of justice and five counts of being in possession of fake ID documents.

Blom's body was discovered in his car on September 22 2013 at the popular casino and entertainment venue when security guards investigated a foul smell coming from the car.

Robinson was arrested on September 24 2013, and Malan on September 26 2013.

Earlier, pathologist Dr Shirley Moeng testified that the post morten results showed that Blom died of asphyxiation. She could not say whether it was because of strangulation.

The court has heard testimony that Blom had been very generous with his money, including to new found friends at the Dros bar and restaurant.

 

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