Slain teen recorded sexual advances

2013-11-26 19:31
(Irwin Fedriansyah, AP)

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Cape Town - Voice recordings in which slain teenager Charmaine Mare repeatedly turned down sexual advances from Johannes Christiaan de Jager were played in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Barkhuizen played recordings on Mare's BlackBerry phone while testifying in De Jager's trial.

Barkhuizen is a leader of a detective group in the Hawks that investigates high priority murders.

De Jager has pleaded not guilty to the rape and murder of prostitute Hiltina Alexander in May 2008, and the murder of 16-year-old Mare, a Mpumalanga resident, on 11 January this year.

Barkhuizen said he contacted Mare's friend Nikita Small, from Kriel in Mpumalanga, to get Mare's cellphone password, which she gave to him.

The password was needed to extract data, photos, messages, and call records from Mare's phone for the investigation.

He then asked a detective in Kriel to interview her.

"He informed me that he had found certain voice recordings on Nikita Small's cellphone which had allegedly been sent to her by the deceased," Barkhuizen said.

Voice recordings

The 13 short recordings were e-mailed to him and he transcribed them for the National Prosecuting Authority. He later got a computer disc with the recordings and had them transcribed by a professional company.

In the recordings, Mare repeatedly tells De Jager: "Ek will alleen lê [I want to lie by myself]".

De Jager is heard asking her why she wants to be alone and sleep so much.

In one recording, Mare says De Jager's hands are cold and he should take them off her. De Jager replies that he wants to warm his hands.

Mare is heard in another recording saying she does not want to sleep with De Jager.

"Ek het vir oom gesê ek is onder ouderdom oom, oom weet dit, [I told you uncle that I'm underage, uncle knows that]" she is heard saying.

He asks how old she is and she replies that she is 16.

De Jager says she can legally have sex.

Mare replies: "Maar dit werk nie so met my nie oom. Ek wag tot ek getroud is [But that's not how it works with me uncle. I'm waiting until I'm married]".

Barkhuizen said while he had confirmed the voices belonged to Mare and De Jager, he could not testify about the dates and times of the recordings.


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