ET trial: minor’s evidence excluded

2012-02-08 12:04

Evidence gathered from a minor accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was ruled to be inadmissible in his trial.

Information obtained from the boy’s co-accused, Chris Mahlangu, shortly after the murder was, however, admissible, Judge John Horn ruled in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp today.

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

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 tomorrow 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.

These were handed to Horn this morning for his consideration.

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