Stripper tells how she cleaned up Blom's blood

2015-04-23 15:41
Maruschka Robinson (Adam Wakefield, News24)

Maruschka Robinson (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - Former stripper Maruschka Robinson, who with JP Malan is accused of killing Dustan Blom, told a Johannesburg court on Thursday how she cleaned Blom's blood from the floor of his home after his death.

Blom was found dead in the boot of his car at Montecasino on September 22 2013, after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the vehicle.

Robinson described what happened in the early hours of the morning of September 18, the day Blom died.

Speaking in a soft voice and giving mostly short answers to Penton's questions, Robinson said she originally met Blom at the Lollipop Lounge where she worked as a dancer. She had lived at Blom's house for around five and a half months.

Robinson and Malan had in the past stolen Blom's bank card so they could draw money from his account. Robinson had the pin code.

"Accused number two [Malan] would leave with the bank card and normally would go to Montecasino to draw the money and would return within 20 minutes," she told the court.

"I would keep Dustan's phone and wait for notification to come through once the money was withdrawn and delete the SMS. I would wait for accused number two [Malan] to return back so I could put the card back with the cellphone."

GHB injected into wine

They were able to do this, Robinson told the court, because Malan had injected Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) into the wine that Blom used to pour himself when arriving home.

"It would take a couple of minutes for him to fall asleep... for us to take the bank card," she said.

On this occasion, Blom had already fallen asleep. Malan, who was with Robinson in her room at the time, suggested that he would attempt a sleeper hold, as seen in professional wrestling, so they could get his bank card.

He went downstairs, and after Robinson heard the sound of furniture moving, Malan came back up stairs with the bank card and told her he would go draw money.

Malan returned several hours later, longer than the 20 minutes he normally took. He was accompanied by a coloured man by the name of Terrence.

"Accused number two walked into my bedroom with Terrence, accused number two [Malan] said that Terrence was here to keep an eye on things," she told the court.

Penton asked Robinson: "Did accused number two [Malan] explain why he took so long? He must have been away for hours."

"No he didn't," she replied.

She went downstairs with Terrence and Malan to see where Dustan was.

"We found Dustan lying on the floor where I saw him exactly where he was when I went downstairs before. Then I saw there was blood coming out of Dustan's nose," Robinson said.

"I went closer to Dustan and I put my finger under his nose to see if he was breathing, but I couldn't detect anything. I freaked out. I just ran back up to my bedroom. Then accused number two [Malan] and Terrence came up to my bedroom and told me to come downstairs, to tell me that Dustan was dead."

'I was confused, scared'

She then told Malan that they should phone police.

"Accused number two told me that he wouldn't be here if I phoned the cops. He told me if they get here they will think it was me who had something to do with Dustan's death," Robinson testified.

"I was confused, scared. I didn't know what to do."

Terrence left shortly afterwards and her and Malan remained in the house for a while, before leaving later in the morning and returning in the afternoon.

"Accused number two [Malan] approached me and told me... he was going to pull Dustan's vehicle into the garage and then put Dustan's body in the boot of Dustan's car," she said.

Robinson then helped Malan move Blom's body to the car.

Penton asked her: "How did you feel about being in a house with a dead body?"

Robinson replied: "I was terrified, confused, scared. I didn't know what to do."

Penton asked: "After putting the body into the boot of the vehicle, what did you do?"

Robinson said: "There was a trail of blood from the lounge where he was lying all the way to the garage. I cleaned up the blood using the towels in Dustan's room."

She then threw most of the towels into a black bag, which she dumped in a field across the road from Blom's home, apart from two or three which she washed in the washing machine, and later hung up.

During Robinson's testimony, Malan showed little emotion.

The trial continues.

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