DNA samples taken at Griekwastad scene

2013-11-12 14:39
(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Kimberley - Various DNA samples from the Griekwastad farm murder scene were sent for analysis, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of a 17-year-old youth accused of the murder of farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14.

DNA expert Lieutenant Cicilia Janse van Rensburg said DNA tests were done on two firearms, various items of clothing worn by the victims and the accused, and police swabs.

The swabs were from the girl’s fingernails, the telephone in the farm house, the riempie chair in the living area, and blood stains in the Steenkamp’s kitchen.

Janse van Rensburg testified about DNA mixtures found on some items, such as the rifle and the revolver.

Prosecutor Hannes Cloete submitted that it was common cause that a Griekwastad policeman had handled the firearms at the police station on the night of the murders.

"It is possible that he left some DNA," she said.

Janse van Rensburg said some of the foreign DNA found would have been from the Steenkamp’s staff working in the house, those ironing the clothes and from the floor where the victims were found lying.

The case continues.

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