Murder-accused used air freshener to hide smell

2014-07-24 12:04

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Johannesburg - A murder-accused heroin addict sprayed air freshener and continued taking drugs after finding his girlfriend dead in their flat in Alberton, Beeld newspaper reported on Thursday.

Jurgens van der Merwe, 29, testified in the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday that the smell was not so bad after closing the bedroom door where Lynette Botes's bound body lay, opening a sliding door for fresh air, and spraying air freshener.

He took drugs in the lounge and the next day sold some of her belongings.

During cross-examination he said he had left the flat on 8 October 2011, feeling very hurt after she had called out a former boyfriend's name during sex.

He told her he was leaving to cool off and went straight to his drug dealer in Springs.

He told the court he was hurt, but not angry.

When he found her dead on 12 October, he did not call anyone, but sprayed and aired the flat and took drugs.

He was apprehended in Secunda on 14 October.

Closing arguments were expected on 22 August.


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