Griekwastad suspect saw psychologist

2013-03-25 22:39
(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

(Emile Hendricks, Volksblad)

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Kimberley - A 16-year-old youth accused of the 2012 Griekwastad farm murders saw a psychologist shortly after the killings, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Monday.

The court was hearing evidence in his triple murder trial.

Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, were killed on the farm Naauwhoek, on 6 April 2012.

Deon Steenkamp's sister Marianna Smith was the State's first witness on Monday.

Under cross-examination, she told the court the youth was calm when she met him for the first time shortly after the murders.

His lawyer Willem Coetzee told the court he had visited a psychologist for help by then.

"Could it have helped him, why he was normal [calm]?" Coetzee asked Smith.

She replied it was possible.

"I do not know. It's an unknown field. I do not know how they work."

Coetzee asked her what the effect of her brother's death had on her.

"It was a severe shock to me," said Smith.

She later denied she was in any way prejudiced against the youth.

"No, I am not," she replied to a direct question from Coetzee.

Before the question, Coetzee referred to an interview she had with a newspaper.

In the article, she indicated that she would be the first to apologise to the youth if she had prejudiced him with false accusations.

"This sentence and statement indicate that you had made false accusations against him," said Coetzee.

Smith said she had not.

However, she acknowledged in her testimony that she felt he had not told all he knew.

Coetzee asked her whether she expected detailed testimony from a child who was going through his own trauma at the time.

She said the family had only wanted to know what had happened to the Steenkamps.

Smith later denied peppering the youth with questions. She said he had not wanted to speak "pertinently".

"He did not say a lot, it was either, 'I could not remember' or did not want to talk about it," she said.

Smith said this type of behaviour indicated to her that there was more to talk about.

The cross-examination of Smith continues on Tuesday.

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