Evidence against ET minor inadmissible

2012-04-12 08:52

The judge in the trial of two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche dismissed an application by the State to allow evidence against a minor.

“I rule that it will not be in the interest of justice to allow the admission made against accused two [the minor accused, who may not be named],” said Judge John Horn.

The court briefly adjourned for the defence to consult with the minor’s co-accused, Chris Mahlangu.

Mahlangu and the teenager are charged with beating Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse outside
Ventersdorp, in North West, on April 3 2010.

Both have pleaded not guilty of murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Mahlangu has claimed he acted in self-defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime.

Yesterday the State brought an application for the admission of incriminating evidence against the teenager, which was contained in a statement Mahlangu gave the investigating officer.

Norman Arendse, for the youth, argued that testimony by the investigating officer Lt-Col Tsietsi Mano about Mahlangu’s statement was hearsay.

However, Mano said Mahlangu’s statement to him on the night of the murder was in his sworn statement.

In his testimony on Tuesday, Mano said that according to the statement Mahlangu and the youth planned the murder and intended castrating Terre’Blanche after killing him.

According to Mano, Mahlangu said he went into a storeroom on the farm and found an iron rod.

He and the teenager then entered Terre’Blanche’s house through a window. They found Terre’Blanche lying on his back on the bed.

Mahlangu hit Terre’Blanche on the forehead, then twice across the face. The teenager took the rod from him and hit Terre’Blanche on the face and chest, Mano testified.

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