DJ's dead girlfriend was only slightly intoxicated - pathologist

2015-09-02 16:03
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Johannesburg - While former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai had testified that his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala had attacked and stabbed him in a drunken stupor, a pathologist on Wednesday told the court a different story.

Testifying in the High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, Dr Paul Morule said alcohol levels in Tshabalala's system showed that she was "slightly impaired".

Morule said while normal impairment started at 0.03mg per ml in the body, Tshabalala was on 0.06mg per ml.

"From what I can gather, she was a drinker so she was used to that level of intoxication," said Morule.

He said he believed that Tshabalala would have "adapted" to the alcohol levels in her blood and would have needed a high concentration to be overpowered by the alcohol.

Sebolai’s version

The doctor was back on the stand for a second time after he was recalled by the State, which reopened its case on Monday.

State prosecutor Elize le Roux said when Morule was initially called to the stand, they were unaware that Sebolai would present the version he did to the court.

Sebolai alleged that Tshabalala had stabbed him in the hand with a large knife as she accused him of cheating in June last year.

He alleged that Tshabalala was injured as the two struggled over the knife.

She was stabbed in the pelvic area and bled to death at his flat in Jabulani, Soweto.

Sebolai has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.

Steak knife

Morule had presented the court with a steak knife which he said he believed was similar to the one that caused the deadly wound on Tshabalala.

Sebolai, however, disputed this and shook his head as the knife was presented in court.

Through his lawyer, Thabang Mathopo, he alleged that the knife was much bigger than the one presented to court.

The clerk of the court fetched several knives and Sebolai chose a large knife as one similar to the weapon that killed his girlfriend.

The pathologist agreed that it could have been that knife. He told the court that a smaller knife could have also caused the wound.

"The smaller knife would produce a smaller wound on a surface, but if it... comes out angulated, it might cause a wound that is much broader in its size," said Morule.

He also told the court that when he inserted his finger into Tshabalala's wound, his entire finger did not reach the end of the wound.

He was unsure whether he had used his ring or index finger to probe the wound.

His index finger, however, was 9cm long.

He added that although it was possible for the deceased to have stabbed herself, it was highly improbable.

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