Court hears how Blom's bloodied body was moved to his car

2015-04-29 19:22
JP Malan (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - A Johannesburg court heard on Wednesday afternoon how the lifeless body of Dustan Blom was put into the boot of his car on the morning of September 19 2013 by the two people accused of killing him.

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

JP Malan and Maruschka Robinson are accused of killing Blom. Malan took the stand on Wednesday in the High Court in Johannesburg - sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court - before Judge Delize Smith.

Malan had told the full courtroom of the events leading up to the morning of September 19, where he and Robinson found Blom lying face-down in a pool of blood on the floor.

"There was a lot of blood. In order to get to Dustan's body, I had to step in the blood," Malan said.

He described how Blom's blood had spread around his head down to his hips, with Smith asking Malan to physically indicate with his arms how it was spread.

"And he was now lying in the blood?" his lawyer JP Marais asked.

"That is correct. I would imagine it was underneath him as well. When I put him on the blanket there was blood smudges," Malan said.

He suspected the blood came from the victim's nose and mouth.

"We heard evidence from the pathologist that there were two blows to his head... severe enough to cause haemorrhaging in the brain. Did you see any wounds to his head or any blows to his head?" Marais said.

"Not that I could see no," Malan said.

He then described how he dragged the body along the outside of the house to ensure he was not seen by the neighbours. Robinson helped him mainly when he was lifting Blom's body into the boot of Blom's car.

They left Blom's house and drove around "quite a bit trying to think of what to do with the body". However, Malan and Robinson were fighting so much that Robinson got out of the car in Rosebank and said "she would find her own way".

"I carried on driving around in the car. I then got wind that basically people are looking for Dustan and I was worried that the car I was driving might have a Tracker in it," Malan told the court.

Malan took the car to Montecasino just before 14:00 on September 19, where it was left till the body was discovered days later.

He then used a side entrance to slip out the parking lot. Previously, Montecasino's assistant surveillance manager testified that the entertainment complex did not have security cameras in the parking lot.

The matter was postponed to Thursday, when Robinson's lawyer Jesse Penton will resume his cross examination of Malan. 

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