Slain teen was enticing - murder accused tells court

2014-03-12 17:04


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Cape Town - Slain teenager Charmaine Mare was "enticing", her alleged killer told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

Johannes Christiaan de Jager, 49, said the 16-year-old may have had a plan to entice him and this is why she had recorded their conversations in the week she died.

He has pleaded not guilty to killing her in his Kraaifontein, Cape Town, home in January last year.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Romay van Rooyen asked De Jager why Mare would have recorded his advances on her cellphone.

"I cannot say why. Whether it was a part of a plan, I also don't know," he testified in Afrikaans.

Van Rooyen asked which plan he was referring to.

"The first time she enticed me and the second time she showed me her tattoo and that was daring," he replied.

The conversations were transcribed for the court and mostly consisted of Mare saying no to De Jager or telling him she wanted to lie on the bed alone.

In one recording, Mare is also heard telling De Jager she is underage and waiting until she is married.

De Jager recently told the court his advances were not sexual at the time and that sleeping with someone meant lying next to them.

Van Rooyen wanted him to confirm that he never had sex with the teenager.

He replied that he never mentioned that he wanted to have sex with her and nor did he ever have sex with her.

The prosecutor asked why he wanted to lie next to her.

"I was under the influence of liquor and the Monday when she was dressed in an enticing way and the Tuesday, all of that gave me the idea that maybe I should."

Van Rooyen asked what Mare had wanted to tell his girlfriend Carol about, as heard in one recording.

"Maybe that I wanted to sleep by her," he suggested.

Van Rooyen wanted to know why the teenager would threaten to tell on someone who only wanted to lie next to her.

"I wouldn't know," he replied.

"I put it to you, sir, that you made up the enticement, the [transparent] pants she was wearing, and also the tattoo she showed you," she said.

De Jager remained adamant that he had not made it up.

The trial continues.

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