Griekwastad accused starts to testify

2013-11-18 14:22
The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

The Steenkamp farm in Naauwhoek, Northern Cape. (Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Griekwastad family caught unaware

2013-11-15 09:39

Evidence indicates that the Steenkamp family were caught off-guard when they were killed in their Griekwastad home, the Northern Cape High Court has heard.WATCH

Kimberley - The 17-year-old boy accused of killing three members of the Steenkamp family on their farm near Griekwastad began testifying in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley on Monday.

The boy’s defence counsel Willem Coetzee called him to the stand as the first witness after the State closed its case last week.

Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of the boy who is standing trial for the murders of farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and their daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot dead on their farm Naauwhoek on 6 April 2012.


After Kgomo had sworn the boy in, the judge made sure he was comfortable and wanted to know if there was a chair available for him.

"You have been in court the whole time, you know what the oath is. Do you have a problem against taking the oath?" Kgomo asked him.

"No," he replied without hesitation in Afrikaans.

Coetzee began the boy’s testimony-in-chief by asking him to tell the court his age now and at the time of the murders. The boy continued to testify about his school.

Coetzee led the boy through events of the day before the murders. He then started to tell the court his whereabouts on the day of the attack on the Steenkamps.

The case continues.

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