You’re making up stories, defence tells police in ET case

2011-10-17 14:26

A police constable has been accused of lying about comments supposedly made by the two accused charged with the killing of white right-wing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

“You are making up stories,” defence lawyer Norman Arendse told constable Peter Modise at the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp today.

“I put to you that none of the accused spoke to you and said they killed Mr Terre’Blanche over a salary.”

Modise said he spoke to the minor accused on the night of the murder. The teenager spoke freely and without influence.

“Accused two told me they had a fight with Mr Terre’Blanche about their salary and that during the fight they managed to overpower him,” Modise said.

“After realising he was dead, they rushed to the neighbouring farm to (get a phone to) report to police what happened on the farm.”

Modise admitted to making some mistakes in his statement, but denied suggestions that he was coached on what to say and write by investigating officer Captain Tsietsi Mano.

“No, I never met with him or sat down with him (Mano) or spoke about the case,” Modise said.

“He told me nothing of the sort.”

Modise did not read the accused their rights because he was not the arresting officer.

Arendse tested the memory of Modise by asking a string of questions about what he remembered about the crime scene and the farm house.

“If you attend a scene, it’s not easy to forget what you saw,” said Modise.

He, however, could not remember everything he had written in his statement.

Arendse said: “But everything you remember from the scene is what you put in your statement.”

Modise replied: “As I said before, the investigating officer did not ask about the scene or what the accused said to me. He wanted to know about the entries I made about the clothing.”

Modise dismissed speculation by Arendse that he met Mano before the trial.

He submitted his statement to the police two days after the murder.

Arendse asked if he had spoken to other officers about the case during those two days and whether this may have influenced what he wrote.

“No,” Modise said.

In his testimony the constable said the farmhouse was a mess, and that he had noticed a broken window in one of the rooms and pieces of glass on the floor.

He said Terre’Blanche was covered in blood and a sharp object lay on him.

He also remembered seeing a dog near the bed.

He made no mention that Terre’Blanche’s genitals were exposed, as was witnessed by paramedic Robert van Heerden.

Last week, Sergeant Jack Ramonyane admitted to changing his police statement on the instruction of Mano.

Chris Mahlangu and a 16-year-old are accused of beating and hacking Terre’Blanche to death in his farmhouse in North West in April last year.

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

Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence. The 16-year-old has denied involvement in the murder.

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