Terre'Blanche accused implicates self

2012-02-10 14:04
Ventersdorp - Chris Mahlangu, the man accused of murdering rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, implicated himself in the crime, the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp heard on Friday.

"I hit him on his head several times with a pole and then put it down. Then [Mahlangu's teenaged co-accused who may not be named] picked up the pole and hit him further until he died," police officer Captain Mojalefa Nkosi quoted Mahlangu as saying.

Nkosi, who acted as interpreter and conducted the pointing out of the crime scenes with Mahlangu, was reading from a statement he took during and after the pointing out process.

Mahlangu and the teenager are charged with beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in the North West in April 2010.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Mahlangu claims he acted in self defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Nkosi told the court how Mahlangu pointed out the window they used to enter the house and how they also took Terre’Blanche’s cellphone.

According to the statement the pair went to a neighbour’s house and phoned the police.

On Wednesday incriminating evidence gathered from the minor accused of killing Terre'Blanche was ruled as inadmissible. Information obtained from Mahlangu shortly after the crime was, however, admissible, Judge John Horn found.

The excluded evidence related to the minor's pointing out of the crime scene after the murder and a statement he made in this regard.
- SAPA

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