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Terre'Blanche trial: 11th witness to testify

2011-10-19 08:18

Johannesburg - An eleventh witness is expected to testify on Wednesday in the Eugene Terre'Blanche murder trial, which enters its eighth day of proceedings in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

The court heard testimony from police blood spatter expert Lieutenant-Colonel Ian van der Nest and police witness Captain Jacobus Rautenbach on Tuesday.

Van der Nest told the court that Terre'Blanche was caught by surprise when he was attacked in his North West farmhouse in April last year.

"There is no blood stain evidence to show the person fought back indicating he was taken by surprise," he said.

Van der Nest also dismissed suggestions that Terre'Blanche could have been hit while standing, and then fell onto the bed.

"Had the deceased launched self-defence he would have sustained some injuries to the arm."

Van der Nest said it was not clear if rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was asleep when he was attacked.

"All I can say for sure is that he was lying down in a position similar to the way he was found."

Pants open, genitals exposed

Van der Nest said evidence revealed that Terre'Blanche's pants were open, his genitals were exposed before he was killed and that blood was found on his penis.

Sex allegations emerged after the murder when police commissioner General Bheki Cele said a condom was found on the scene.

Rautenbach told the court that sperm was seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals.

"I also saw on the genitals that there was sperm on the tip of the penis," he said.

Rautenbach was one of several police officers who attended the crime scene. While recalling how the bedroom looked at the time, he remembered that Terre'Blanche's underpants were hanging on the bed post.

The two accused of killing Terre'Blanche went all out to destroy him, he said.

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre'Blanche to death.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence while the 16-year-old denies involvement in the murder.

Comments
  • Hennie - 2011-10-19 09:01

    All necessarily evidence and forensic test should prove who is guilty of this brutal act. Unfortunately the sentence will not justify such act and once again people would not be scared of committing such crime???

      Gary - 2011-10-19 09:24

      Comforting thoughts: There is a promise: Vengeance is mine says the Lord God almighty.

  • George - 2011-10-19 10:20

    Sex allegations emerged after the murder when police commissioner General Bheki Cele said a condom was found on the scene.Rautenbach told the court that sperm was seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals. "I also saw on the genitals that there was sperm on the tip of the penis," he said. Adolf Hitler, Terreblanche's role model would have been dissapointed indeed by the actions of his protege. Why sperms and condoms?

      Gary - 2011-10-19 10:41

      You hypocrite, I suppose you have never masturbated before taking a nap. I wonder whose role model these murders followed, is it not also that of Hitler. Please use some common sense when making a statement as you incriminate yourself of being uneducated.

      Theresa - 2011-10-19 10:59

      Everytime you comment on an article about ET it contains sexual allegations.I think you are a sick,flawed individual.Never slander a person who is not there to defend himself against your allegations!You were obviously never taught not to speak ill of the dead!

  • Zulu - 2011-10-19 11:43

    I wonder why Gen Cele felt it necessary to make comments about a condom at the scene? Has anyone else made any comment to this regard? Should such comments not be left to the investigating officers?

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