AS IT HAPPENED: Defence may have to withdraw as Henri van Breda is running out of funds

2017-10-09 10:06

Dr Olckers, who was mandated by defence to assess scientific validity in expert reports of State witnesses Warrant Officer Nel and Lt Col Otto, will continue her testimony on Thursday.

Follow News24 journalist Tammy Petersen live from the court.



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Dr Olckers: WO Nel didn't take photos of results or its location on exhibit, therefore results can't be independently verified.

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These alleles were not included in the SAPS’ lab report, Olckers says.

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Mixture profiles couldn't be differentiated by SAPS lab kit. Olckers says a different kit could have made the distinction.

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The DNA battle is a key element of the defence's case

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Olckers peers at Combrink over her spectacles as she testifies

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Matthys Combrink, for accused Van Breda, was admitted as an advocate on April 9, 1999

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Judge Desai impressed with work Olckers has done

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Olckers rolling through her CV

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DNA testing is expensive. EasyDNA in Johannesburg charges around R2 395 per sample and Olckers says she received data of 151 samples

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The right to not testify is protected in the Bill of Rights in the SA Constitution (35 3 (h)): Every accused person has a right to a fair trial, which includes the right - to be presumed innocent, to remain silent, and not to testify during the Proceedings

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