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Mortuary worker saw no semen on Terre'Blanche

2012-04-11 19:17

Ventersdorp - A mortuary worker who removed Eugene Terre’Blanche’s body from his house has denied seeing semen-like fluid on his genitals.

"If there was something there, yes, I would have seen it," Gladys Lesenyego told the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Wednesday.

Mahlangu and a teenager, who may not be named, are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in April 2010.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu has claimed he acted in self-defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Lesenyego testified that she was called to the scene at 20:20 and removed the body just after 23:00.

She found Terre’Blanche in the bedroom, on his back, with clothes on.

Full of blood


"The body was full of blood and had lacerations. His shirt was open and the trousers were pulled down and you could see [his] private parts."

She said she was not told about possible evidence on the body. If there had been anything to preserve, she would have done so, she told the court.

"I would have handled the body differently."

Both defence teams cross-examined her, but Lesenyego maintained that there was no fluid when she collected the body. "I didn’t see it."

She said it was unusual that she had access to the body only more than two hours after she arrived.

"I was only told that LCRC [local criminal record centre] was busy with photos and they still had to take the video."

Investigating officer Lieutenant Colonel Tsietsi Mano was earlier asked about fluid seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals. "I never saw the body," he said.

The body had been removed before he arrived at the house on the night of the murder. He said he saw it only during the post mortem.

"I asked the pathologist [if she had found semen] and she said no. I know for a fact I asked," Mano said.

Crucial evidence


In October, pathologist Ruweida Moorad testified that Terre'Blanche's body may have been wiped before the post mortem was done.

"Perhaps when it [the body] was transported in a body bag it [the semen] was wiped off. I honestly don't know," she said at the time.

The State was questioning her medical examination of Terre'Blanche. A substance believed to be semen was seen in photographs of his body taken at the crime scene.

The substance was not visible when Moorad carried out her examination, but it was visible in the photos.

She said the body had been refrigerated. Her post mortem was done on 6 April last year, three days after the murder.

Cross-examining Mano on Tuesday, Arendse said that if the semen on Terre'Blanche had been wiped off before the body was removed, it would mean someone had tampered with the evidence.

"If it was deliberately removed then it was a serious offence, because that part of the evidence would be crucial," he said.

On Wednesday, Arendse maintained that the fluid was crucial to the case.

"If someone deliberately wiped that type of evidence away it is a very serious thing," he said.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • Piet - 2012-04-11 19:36

    Just admit you killed an old man in a brutal barbaric way! Bloody spineless murderers!

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-11 20:23

      its a war declaration,they are begging us but they dont realise how easy it is to take them out

      Hettie - 2012-04-12 10:02

      JERRY YOU ARE PURE HATE. WHAT ABOUT THE DEFENSELESS PEOPLE YOURE BELOVED ANC TERRORISTS TOOK OUT IN THEIR LIFE. IF WE ARE GOING TO START THROWING MUD AND DUNG WE WILL NEVER LIVE IN PEACE. WHAT THESE BOYS DID WAS WRONG CRIMINAL SO STICK WITH THAT. DONT GO BLAMING AFRIKANERS AGAIN.THIS GUY DID JAIL TIME FOR HIS CRIME LET THEM DO THEIRS.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-11 19:41

    We don't want to know what really happened to Terblanche that afternoon. I think we would all be shocked by the sheer inhumane brutality of his murder. Only an animal would kill like that ...

  • Christelle - 2012-04-11 19:46

    All we can ask for is that justice prevails!!

      Hettie - 2012-04-12 10:10

      AMEN IF THERE IS ANY JUSTICE LEFT.

  • Avenging - 2012-04-11 20:06

    Farmer petrol bombed in bakkie 10 April 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAYBbt3A8-s&feature=player_embedded

      Paul - 2012-04-11 20:24

      What disturbs me is this has been carrying on since I was at high-school: 1988+. Nothing has changed, which means the ANC are failing, again, in addressing crime in this country. The justification I have hears often is that white people should spend more time in other areas. Talk about lowering standards to justify the wrong.... this country has some way to go before the barbaric nature is gone

      phathuchicos - 2012-04-11 20:46

      that is one disturbing video...it kinda derail everything South Africa has already achieved since 1994 to see that some people are still living in the past...

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-11 20:19

    In my opinion the AGENTS were sent to take the old man down,god will take care of those who did it and the party they belong to.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-11 21:24

      You can take down anyone if you hit them while they're sleeping.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-04-11 20:37

    that is kinda XXX-rated...

  • Gieljam - 2012-04-11 20:37

    Most messy bungled and bizar case . It gives any sober minded person the chills and has done this country untold harm . The law and justice systems to my mind are falling apart and this protracted case is costing the tax payer millions .

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-04-11 20:51

    Hopefully with this case, as with other recent high profile cases a la Jub Jub et al, investigators in this country at least learn proper procedure in processing evidence and reporting on it. Or maybe I watch waaaayyyy to much CSI ;-)

  • Buti - 2012-04-11 20:54

    @ kolobe what if this ugly face guy was not his 1st murder he committed. r u still going to celebrate? what I understand Mahlangu is a really killer let's wait until .....

  • Nobukhosi - 2012-04-11 20:54

    He was bad yes.. but they had no ryt oh wat so ever to kil him the way they did.i think they were wrong

      Christelle - 2012-04-11 21:15

      You are absolutely right Nobukhosi - but if you read some of the comments - here and on other articles - murder in the worse degree has become acceptable - for some people the way white people die, and for some people the way black peole die. Very sad situation our country is in!!

  • Esther - 2012-04-12 10:06

    The semen story is a figment of the barbaic killers'legal representatives' imagination. Anything to detract from the brutality of the murder and to put the blame on the victim. Because of all these 'angels' around our crime statistics are sky high

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