Blom murder trial postponed for judgment, final arguments

2015-04-30 17:56
JP Malan (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - The Dustan Blom murder trial was on Thursday postponed by a Johannesburg court for final arguments and judgment in June.

The court earlier heard how murder accused JP Malan and Maruschka Robinson had worked together for months prior to Blom's death.

Judge Delize Smith postponed the matter to June 22 and 23 for final arguments and judgment, as not all counsel were available in May, and due to other long-term matters.

The trial is being heard by the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court.

Blom was found dead in the boot of his car at Montecasino, Fourways, on September 22, 2013 after security guards noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

Prior to the postponement, prosecutor Zaais Van Zyl, cross-examining Malan, asked him if he and Robinson worked as a team.

"That's correct," Malan responded.

"Now, I went through those SMSes [between Malan and Robinson] and looked at all those occasions you worked together as a team. They are there for all to see, but a team in providing drugs to people. She would get clients, you would work with her, she would help with the selling," Van Zyl said.

"A team in stealing people's identity, even their information on their cards or the cards themselves."

"That's correct," Malan said in a flat tone, to an almost full court room.

"And also a team in going [to] the deceased Dustan Blom and stealing his money," Van Zyl said.

Van Zyl asked Malan when his "working-in-crime relationship" with Robinson ended.

"When we were arrested," he replied.

'Well it wasn't me, so it must have been her'

Van Zyl maintained the "partnership" continued after Blom's death.

"It means that after you knew that Dustan Blom was dead, you and accused number one [Robinson] still worked together... That's why I say you've been working together all the time. Why suddenly, just here when Dustan Blom dies, are you not working together? Are you not part of that?" Van Zyl said.

"I did feel like I was a part of it," Malan said.

"You felt like it? But the point is you actually did work together on that 18th [of September]," Van Zyl said.

Malan disagreed and Van Zyl asked: "Who killed Dustan Blom?"

"I would imagine that it would be her. I'm not saying it's her. I didn't see that. She just told me that she had given him too much G," Malan said, referring to the date-rape drug GHB.

"The woman that asked you, on the video [Montecasino's security footage] that we saw, to open the top of a bottle? You say she might have well strangled Dustan Blom?" Van Zyl asked.

"Well it wasn't me, so it must have been her," Malan said.

Van Zyl asked Malan about moving Blom's corpse. The state prosecutor told the court Blom was a big man, weighing around 110kg, and bigger than Malan. He questioned whether Robinson would have been able to strangle him, and concluded that she must have had help.

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