Blom's killer 'manipulated others to do his bidding'

2015-08-18 15:28
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Johannesburg - Convicted killer JP Malan manipulated others to do his bidding, and his purported "coming clean" in court on Tuesday was an example of this, a Johannesburg court heard.

Prosecutor Steven Rubin, addressing social worker Annette Vergeer during sentencing proceedings, said Malan's confession to her that he had strangled Dustan Blom, was another example of this character trait.

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

The matter was heard in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge. 

Rubin brought up two examples of Malan's ability to manipulate people. The first was that of a man named Terrence who was sent to draw money on Malan's behalf the day Blom was killed. 

The second was Maruschka Robinson, convicted of being an accessory to murder after the fact, who fraudulently signed slips from Dion Wired, after she and Malan had used Blom's bank card to make a purchase from the store. 

"He [Malan] is the one with the information. He tells you [what happened] on the day in question, which is completely different from the trial. There is no explanation further than that."

"Is what he has given you an indication of his ability to get others to do his bidding?"

Vergeer replied: "If a person comes forward and says I am sorry, it is their prerogative to do so. There is no point in me questioning it."

Malan and Robinson, who had pleaded not guilty, were convicted by Judge Delize Smith on June 26 for their involvement in Blom's murder.

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