My brother's murder has left us shattered - Blom's sister

2015-08-18 17:54
Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - The murder of Dustan Blom has left his sister and family shattered, the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, heard on Thursday.

Blom's sister, Julie Padgett, reading a prepared statement to the court during sentencing proceedings, said her brother was a kind and gentle soul with a "great big heart, who was very much loved by everyone who knew him".

"He embraced all a devoted husband, loving father, caring brother and loyal friend were," she said, her hands noticeably quivering as she read on.

"In such a short life time, my brother suffered not only the unbearable, tragic loss of his beloved wife Talita, but we also lost our mother to cancer and our father to brain damage following a severe car accident when we were young."

Blom and his sister were close growing up and depended on each other, looking after one another through those difficult and painful times, she said.

"The loss of my brother has left me shattered. The hole left in the lives of all of us by Dustan's shocking murder is a void that can never be filled," she said.

"Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family and friends have endured over the last two years.

"JP [Malan] and Maruschka [Robinson] decided to take my brother's life. They thought it out and planned it. Hearing the sickening details of my brother being drugged, robbed and defrauded, this cold, callous, and calculating murder is impossible to come to terms with."

Padgett said she would never forget the image of her brother's broken body crammed into the boot of his car.

Their memory of Blom would be tainted because of the "cowardly and devastating" way they had lost him.

"It destroys lives. It devastates families and it has robbed us of our future with Dustan," she said.

Malan was found guilty of Blom's murder and Robinson was convicted of being an accessory to murder after the fact by Judge Delize Smith on June 26.

Blom was found dead in the boot of his car at Montecasino, Fourways, on September 22 2013 after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

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