Ex-stripper's testimony in Montecasino murder case gets tested

2015-04-17 14:30
Maruschka Robinson. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

Maruschka Robinson. (Adam Wakefield, News24)

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Johannesburg - The testimony of a former stripper, who had previously told the court about being shown drugs by murder accused Maruschka Robinson and JP Malan, was tested in court on Friday.

Robinson and Malan are accused of killing Dustan Blom, whose body was dumped in the boot of his car before leaving it at Montecasino, in Fourways, Johannesburg on 19 September 2013. The car was discovered days later, on 22 September, by security staff after they noticed a foul smell coming from the car.

When proceedings got under way, Robinson's attorney Jesse Penton tested the testimony of a former stripper, who has secured a court order that her name not be published. She previously testified that she was in a relationship with Blom.

On Thursday, the former stripper told the court that on 17 September 2013, she had been invited into Robinson's room at Blom's house, where Robinson was staying at the time.

After entering the room, Malan entered shortly afterwards, with the former stripper testifying on Thursday: "He [Malan] then said 'Babe can you please check out the party pack'. She [Robinson] then pulled out a small black rucksack He asked her if G was in, she said check, he asked her if the LSD was in, she said check, and then she pulled out a [pack] of kat," the former stripper told the court at the time.

On Friday, Penton said to the former stripper: "You made mention of an incident in your evidence in chief where you claimed accused number one [Robinson] invited you into her room, accused number two [Malan] also arrived and accused number one [Robinson] took out a rucksack and they started packing drugs in the rucksack and calling out the names of the drugs so you could hear that.'


"When did you meet accused number two [Malan] for the first time?"

The former stripper said on 17 September, which was a Tuesday.

"Are you sure that was the 17th? You are not making a mistake?" Penton said.

"I am not...even on my police file it has the 17th for when I met accused number two [Malan]," she replied.

"Do you know why accused number one would invite you into her room at that stage?" Penton asked.

The former stripper said she and Robinson had worked together closely for three years at the Lollipop Lounge but she began disassociating herself with Robinson, given the people she was hanging out with and the activities Robinson was involved with.

Penton said to the former stripper that she had told the court in her testimony on Thursday the first time that Blom had booked her out, while working at The Penthouse, she then told told Blom in his car that she did not want to go to Blom's home as she did not like Robinson.

"That is correct," she said.

"But a few days later accused number one [Robinson] in a manner which you didn't describe as unfriendly invites you into her room and you actually take, up on this invitation," Penton said.


The former stripper replied: "She [Robinson] at this stage was not aware that I didn't like her. I was being polite and she did live in my boyfriend's [Blom's] home. She still believed I was still big bosom buddies with her."

Penton asked her what reason Robinson and Malan would have for showing her the rucksack, asking her if it was to show the former stripper that they had drugs.

The former stripper replied no, with her stating there may have been no reason at all for being invited in.

Penton said: "Do you agree with me that it would very stupid to invite someone into their room that did not like her to witness their collection of drugs?"

"Accused number one [Robinson] didn't know that I didn't like her," the former stripper said.

"I would like to put it to you that such an incident didn't occur," Penton said.

"This incident did occur," she said.

Penton then told the court: "Let me put it to you this incident in your testimony is a recent fabrication."

The trial continues.

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