No semen found on Griekwastad body

2013-11-05 07:05
Marthella Steenkamp (Rapport)

Marthella Steenkamp (Rapport)

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Kimberley - No semen or male DNA was found on the body of the girl killed in the Griekwastad farm murders, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Monday.

The information was part of a list of admissions handed in to the court by the defence team of the 17-year-old boy accused of the murders.

Northern Cape judge president Frans Kgomo was hearing evidence relating to the murders of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot on their farm Naauwhoek, near Griekwastad, on 6 April 2012.

The teenager’s lawyer Willem Coetzee read the list of 132 points of admissions into the court record. These facts would not be disputed by the defence.

The boy faces additional charges of raping Marthella and defeating the ends of justice.

Investigating officer Colonel Dick de Waal on Monday also rejected claims by a rightwing woman that she played a part in the Steenkamp murders.

"There is no truth in these allegations," De Waal testified.

De Waal told the court he had received information from three sources since the court last heard the matter.

The new information was received from a woman in Kuruman, a man who called a State witness, and a woman, Cornelia de Wet, who was in prison in Middelburg, Mpumalanga.

De Wet, a member of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, had reportedly confessed to her alleged role in the murders of the Steenkamps.

The Diamond Fields Advertiser reported that 37-year-old De Wet, in custody for possession of explosives and ammunition, alleged the Steenkamp murders were part of a plan to attack white farmers in an attempt to instil fear and incite racial hatred.

Missing keys

In cross examination, De Waal was questioned about a time frame he compiled with the help of a GPS on the farm.

The matter contested involved how long it took to drive to Griekwastad from the farm.

De Waal also said in reply that a second bunch of keys to the Steenkamp house was still missing.

Another aspect of the investigation he was questioned about was a white Audi which the farm workers claimed to have seen.

Evidence indicated that the Audi broke off the rear-view mirror of a bakkie belonging to one of the Steenkamp's workers, as it drove past on the night of the murders.

The workers were on their way to the town after being warned of an attack on the farm.

Another member of the investigating team, Warrant Officer Henk van der Merwe, testified that he met a group of farm workers at the police station on the night of the murder. They were all drunk and two had passed out on the police station’s floor.

"We could not take statements because all were under the influence of alcohol."

He said a team went back with one farm worker to look into the claim of the broken mirror, but they found no broken mirror fragments near the alleged accident site.

"We could not get any evidence that the white Audi was at the scene."

Van der Merwe also testified about six cellphones, wallets containing cash, and firearms in the Steenkamp house.

He was asked about a green Jeep jacket belonging to Deon Steenkamp and a carpet, both full of blood, which the house cleaners burned the day after the murders.

The trial continues.

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