Jub-Jub had cocktail of drugs

2011-05-25 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — A variety of drugs were found in the urine samples of murder accused Molema “Jub-Jub” Maarohanye and Themba Tshabalala, the Protea Magistrate’s Court was told yesterday.

Forensic analyst Jose van Rooyen, who conducted the analysis of the urine samples, told the court that the first sample was found to have cocaine, codeine, benzoyl codeine, paracetamol, diphenhydramine and cotamine.

The second sample contained traces of cocaine, codeine, benzoyl codeine, nicotine, caffeine and paracetamol.

“These are all drugs,” she said.

Van Rooyen is a forensic analyst for the Department of Health at its forensic laboratory in Johannesburg.

She said the urine samples did not show the levels of the substances present.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala were allegedly drag racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of schoolchildren on Mdlalose Drive in Protea North on March 8 last year.

Four children died in the accident and two others suffered severe injuries, including brain damage.

Maarohanya and Tshabalala face charges of murder and attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Under cross-examination yesterday, Van Rooyen said every piece of equipment she had used was certified and that a quality control test was conducted before the analysis began.

She told the court that she was a forensic analysis expert, but was not a toxicologist and could not say how the drugs would affect a person’s behaviour.

Courtroom six at the Protea North court house filled up in the course yesterday’s proceedings.

Relatives of the children who died wore T-shirts for the “Parents in Action” organisation, which they launched to oppose drug and alcohol abuse.

Later defence lawyer Ike Motloung tackled investigating officer Inspector Mpho Matshidiso over who could have had access to the samples when they were stored at the police station from March 9 until March 18, when they were sent to the laboratory,

“In my view, you can’t guarantee that [samples were not tampered with],” Motloung said.

Matshidiso said it took nine days for the samples to get to the laboratory because he had been waiting for the written go-ahead from a senior court prosecutor.

He told Motloung he could guarantee that the samples had not been tampered with as the door to the office he shared with Captain Moses Segapo, his superior, was locked when they were not there

He had the only key to the locker, he added.

“Do you know if Captain Segapo tampered with the samples?” Motloung asked him.

“… Before you got the exhibits, Captain Segapo had managed to get his hands on them,” he added.

Matshidiso said he could not confirm whether Segapo had managed to get his hands on the samples. — Sapa.

What are the drugs and where you you find them?

PHARMACIST Yunus Chothia of Duzimed said codeine is found in a lot of cough mixtures and pain tablets. The most popular of these are Syndol and Adco-dol. He said benzoyl codeine is a sedative hypnotic used for sleep disturbances, anxiety and for extreme stress. These require a prescription and the more popular trade name is Valium. Paracetamol (found in Panado) is used for pain, fever and inflammation, while diphenhydramine is an anti-histamine found in cough mixtures like Benylin and Broncleer and in pain tablets. Caffeine is also added to cough mixture, but is mostly found in tablets such as Adco-dol and Pynstop. — WR.

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