ET’s pants were open before attack – expert

2011-10-18 10:57

Murdered right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche’s pants were open before he was attacked, an expert told the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp today.

“Often a person with a bit of a stomach would open his belt and open the top button of his pants (when lying down),” said police blood-spatter expert Ian van der Nest. “When the body comes up, the pants would have opened.”

This showed his pants were open before the attack as his belt, button and zip were undone. Blood spots were also found on the left of his penis.

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death in his North West farmhouse in April last year. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Today Van der Nest testified in detail about blood stains on the walls, curtains and door, and what these indicated about the crime. Blood was moving in an upward direction on the wall, indicating Terre’Blanche was lying on his bed.

“If the person was in an upright position ... the blood would have rolled down his stomach to the jeans area. This was not observed,” he told the court.
“If the deceased had been in a position of self-defence, his arms would have been in an outward direction.”

Van der Nest said if Terre’Blanche had fought back, there would have been injuries on his arms.The instrument used to beat him was swung like a baseball bat in a 90-degree angle.

Large amount of bleeding from the deceased resulted in the mattress being soaked in blood. He said Terre’Blanche had sustained severe head trauma and facial injuries.

Referring to blood stains on the wall behind the bedroom door, Van der Nest said: “Very large stains can be visualised. These stains are much larger than impact spatter. This indicates extreme amount of force was used.”

Directly opposite the entrance to the room, stains were of a circular nature. “This indicates that beating occurred at a 90-degree angle,” he said.
“The door and door frame spatter shows blood travelling in an upward direction ... therefore, the source must be below the neck.”

The large spatter stains were consistent with an object with a large surface area. Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence and the youngster has denied involvement in the murder.

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