Cop cross-examined in Jub Jub trial

2011-07-15 13:06

Johannesburg - The murder trial of Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and his co-accused Themba Tshabalala continued in the Protea Magistrate's Court on Friday.

They were allegedly drag racing when one of their Mini Coopers ploughed into a group of schoolchildren, killing four boys and leaving two others injured.

They face charges of murder, attempted murder and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Defence lawyer Ike Motloung cross-examined Major Moses Segapo about two passengers who were supposedly in one of the cars at the time of the crash.

Asked whether it was wrong for a witness to consult a lawyer before making a statement to the police, Segapo replied: "Never in my career did witnesses consult attorneys before making a statement to the police."

"They [the passengers] are not your witnesses," Motloung put it to him, adding that neither the police nor the State knew whether the two would testify.

Maarohanye took notes of the proceedings in the dock.

The trial continues

  • SirMark - 2011-07-15 13:18

    lock these murdering idiots up already .

      ratex - 2011-07-15 13:40

      Edzackery. Jub Jub, were you in the car -Yebo. Jub JUb, did you drive the car off of the road - Yebo. Jub Jub, did you knock the children over - Yebo. The defence rests your honour. Guilty as charged. WTF is wrong with this picture and why is it taking so long. The b8astard is guilty of murder whether intentional or not.

      Warslat - 2011-07-15 20:18

      Murder by definition is intentional, they should never have been charged with murder but manslaughter. I do worry that this type of technicality will allow them walk. If that happens, let's hope mob justice does what the legal system should have.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-15 13:21

    Enough already ! Papa needs fresh meat...

  • biskit - 2011-07-15 13:30

    The money seems to be endless in this case

  • Holeni - 2011-07-15 13:34

    Why are still not equal aginst the law in this country mara? Does money make someone innocent even guilty? 4 poor kids were killed like ants and people have guts of pleading not guilty, swa chavisa (is scary sure).

  • Marshall - 2011-07-15 13:40

    How much longer does this circus have to continue? They did it, and no amount of grandstanding by their theatrical lawyer can change that fact. Shut this thing down, throw the two in jail and let justice be served.

  • Ockert - 2011-07-15 14:11

    What has this got to do with the MURDER of innocent children, THis trial is being stretched out by unscrupulous lawyers.

  • Southern - 2011-07-15 14:16

    My personal opinion is that murder is pre meditated and thus the charges should be man slaughter. I also think that the driver of the car that actually hit the bystanders should be punished harder than the other one. That said, four people killed because of a stupid race and still no conviction dispite obvious wrongdoing is beyong belief.

  • bcnw - 2011-07-15 14:22

    Throw these 2 murdering idiots into jail, why is the case dragging on so? They ARE guilty,finish and klaar...chuck the lawyer in as well.Shame on you, `defending`these 2. Lets see how long you`ll hang around when the money dries up.

  • Badballie - 2011-07-15 14:42

    This is turning into a mickey mouse court case (sorry Walt) but for the record any person wanted for questioning by the police irrespective of whether it is in the capacity of an accused or even a witness is legally entitled to legal counsel before making any statement or answering any questions, this right is enshrined in the Miranda act, the only question here that holds any merit is if using the same legal source as the defendant constitutes a conflict of interest on the part of the legal council, something which in this instance has to be balanced against the nature of the relationship between the accused and the witness.

  • Greg - 2011-07-15 18:26

    For Ike it has become a theatrical event, and a PR exercise. He is hoping that, should he obtain a favorable result, he will be the lawyer most sought after in SA

  • Liberty - 2011-07-15 20:37

    That defense lawyer belongs at the bottom of the sea

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