ET trial: Victory for accused minor
Ventersdorp - Some evidence gathered from a
minor accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was ruled on
Wednesday as inadmissible in his trial.
Information obtained from the boy's
co-accused Chris Mahlangu shortly after the crime was, however, admissible,
Judge John Horn found in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.
The evidence excluded related to the minor's
pointing out of the crime scene after the murder and a statement he made in
On the information given by Mahlangu, the
judge said: "The pointing out by [Mahlangu] and the statement from the
pointing out for accused one [Mahlangu] are admitted as evidence."
Mahlangu and the minor are charged with
beating Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside Ventersdorp in 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.
The defence claimed that information gathered
from the pair shortly after the crime was inadmissible, prompting a trial
within a trial on the validity of the evidence.
The main trial resumes on Thursday morning.
The matter was not argued before the court on
Tuesday because defence lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane was ill. Instead, the legal
teams for the accused and the State exchanged written heads of argument.