Jub Jub officer ‘lost crucial evidence’

2011-06-22 11:15

An officer present when murder accused Molemo “Jub Jub” Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala’s blood samples were drawn lost the pocket book in which he recorded the samples’ serial numbers, the Protea Magistrates Court heard today.

Mbulelo Mhaka, a Joburg Metro Police officer for four years told the court that he lost the crucial pocket book after being in an accident last September.

The accident resulted in him being off work from September last year until his return this year in March this year.

Maarohanye’s lawyer Ike Motloung asked Mhaka the reason why he did not make a statement when the accident occurred instead of late on June 15 when he finally did.

Mhaka responded that he was never asked to make any statement then.

Motloung also asked why Mhaka did not mention any evidence-bag serial numbers in his statement even when it was crucial for the case.

Mhaka responded by saying he wasn’t proficient in English and made a mistake.

“English is not my mother tongue and I am prone to make mistakes,” Mhaka replied.

Motloung put it to him that his failure to mention the serial number to the evidence bags was because all Mhaka was saying was just a plain fabrication.

“I find it difficult that you’d recall everything that happened in March last year from memory – now in June. Somebody might have reminded you, maybe the investigating officer,” Motloung said.

Mhaka said no one helped him when writing the statement and he had all the details in memory.

Maarohanye and his co-accused, Themba Tshabalala, face charges of murder and attempted murder, as well as driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag-racing when one of their Mini Coopers knocked down four learners on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North, Soweto, in March last year.

Four children were killed and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.
The case continues.

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