Prosecutor on Griekwastad boy’s testimony: We’re far away from probability, we’re at the impossible

2013-11-20 13:20

The testimony of the teenager accused of killing three members of the Steenkamp family on their farm was in the realm of the impossible, the Northern Cape High Court has heard.

“We are already far away from probability, we are at the impossible,” prosecutor Hannes Cloete told the 17-year-old boy on day three of his cross-examination.

He asked the boy why the killer would have been so kind to him.

“He is a cruel, cold-blooded killer and he apparently allowed you to move around at the scene. Do you realise how that sounds?” asked Cloete.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of the boy, accused of killing farmer Deon Steenkamp (44), his wife Christel (43), and their daughter Marthella (14). They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on April 6 2012.

The state alleges that the boy shot and killed the Steenkamps, raped the girl and lied to the police.

“According to your testimony, somebody else must also have been there [at the scene],” Cloete stated.

“Yes, Honourable,” the boy answered.

Cloete submitted this could not have been possible because then in all probability the girl would not have been allowed to get into the house.

The prosecution tested the teenager’s testimony on where he saw the victims in the house and how a large amount of blood got on to his T-shirt.

“Did the victim cough?” asked Cloete, referring to Marthella.

The boy answered: “I cannot remember, it’s two years back. Possibly.”

Cloete asked the boy about comments made to witnesses which could indicate “inside knowledge” of the crime and the crime scene.

“From the time at the police station you talked about people that were shot dead. It continues right through the evidence as if you were 100% sure.”

Cloete put it to the boy that he told the court he did not inspect the victims at the murder scene.

“You would not know what wounds there were,” he told the teenager.

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