14-year-old Griekwastad girl’s injuries matched those of attempted rape victims

2013-11-08 13:54

A 14-year-old Griekwastad girl who was killed along with her parents last year had injuries similar to other attempted rape victims, the Northern Cape High Court has heard.

A clinical forensic physician, Dr Tromp Els, said under cross-examination the same redness identified on the girl’s genitals could have been caused by a sanitary pad while riding a horse without a saddle.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial in Kimberley of a 17-year-old youth accused of the murders of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp (44), his wife Christelle (43) and daughter Marthella.

They were shot on their farm Naauwhoek on April 6 2012.

The teenager also faces a charge of rape in relation to Marthella, and defeating the ends of justice.

During Els’ evidence in chief, the state handed a bundle of photographs to Kgomo and the witness, which were not shown on the public monitor in court.

Earlier, the court heard that no semen or male DNA was found during the autopsy on the girl.

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