State wants to recall witness in Sebolai trial

2015-08-29 12:03
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Johannesburg - As the defence concluded its case in the trial of alleged killer DJ Donald Sebolai on Friday, the State indicated it wanted to recall a state witness.

Prosecutor Elize le Roux wants to recall pathologist Paul Morule to the stand when the case resumes on Tuesday.

On Friday, Le Roux completed her cross examination of defence witness, psychologist Sathasivan Cooper. Cooper had told the court that Sebolai's version of how his girlfriend, Dolly Tshabalala, had died was probably true.

Cooper on Thursday said he took Sebolai back to the scene of the murder through hypnosis and was convinced Sebolai's version was truthful. 

The professor, who had more than 30 years of experience and a 28-page long CV, said Sebolai was unaware he had been hypnotised.

The former Jozi FM DJ is accused of killing Tshabalala in his flat in June last year. She had been stabbed in her pubic and thigh area. She bled to death on his bed.

Sebolai fled in Tshabalala’s car and was arrested nine days later. The car was found abandoned in Soweto. 

He has denied killing Tshabalala. He claimed she was injured when the pair fought over a knife, which she had used to stab him with, injuring his hands. They were arguing after she accused him of cheating.

Sebolai said he put the injured Tshabalala on his bed, mopped the floor and changed her pyjama pants as he prepared to take her to hospital. He said he was shocked to return from the car to find her dead.

Cooper said this version was probable. He however believed it was a wishful fantasy that Sebolai heard Tshabalala respond to him when he told her he would take her to hospital soon.

Cooper did not believe that Tshabalala helped Sebolai change her bloodied pyjamas. He believed Tshabalala was already dead at that point. 

Le Roux criticised Cooper for failing to get a copy of the docket and speaking to police officers involved in the case before compiling his report.

Cooper said this would have meant he was doing the court's job. He said, however, he had focused solely on Sebolai’s mental state.

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