Plea deal fails in Montecasino murder case

2015-04-13 14:13
Jean-Pierre Malan and Maruschka Robinson in court. (News24)

Jean-Pierre Malan and Maruschka Robinson in court. (News24)

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Johannesburg - A proposed plea agreement by a woman who allegedly killed a man and dumped his body in the boot of a car at Montecasino in Fourways, was rejected due to a factual dispute, the South Gauteng High Court, sitting at Palm Ridge, heard on Monday.

Maruschka Robinson, who with Jean-Pierre Malan is accused of killing Dustan Blom, sought to enter into a plea agreement with the State, but this was declined, with her lawyer subsequently withdrawing.

Prosecutor Zaais Van Zyl told the court: "We have been in negotiations which did not succeed. My lady, I think it’s up to Mr [Cronje] Kriel to inform you of the way forward."

Kriel, representing Robinson, then told Judge Delize Smith that under the circumstances, they sought to no longer be the attorney on record.

"We did not agree on a factual basis for such a plea... and I request to withdraw," he said.

After Kriel was excused, Jesse Penton, of Legal Aid, told the court that their mandate was terminated around three weeks ago, and he would need to speak to his office before they could represent Robinson again.

"At this point in time I need to refer to Legal Aid as to whether they would provide legal [representation]. The likelihood is that I would be instructed again but I need to go back to Legal Aid," he told the court.

"I would be ready to proceed by Wednesday if I do get instructions."

The matter was postponed to Wednesday for trial, with both Robinson and Malan remaining in custody.

During their brief court appearance, both Robinson and Malan, sitting apart from and not speaking to one another, displayed little emotion as events played out before them in court.

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

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

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