Jub Jub video not tampered with - expert

2012-06-04 21:13

Johannesburg - A video allegedly showing murder accused Molemo "Jub Jub" Maarohanye and co-accused Themba Tshabalala drag racing was not tampered with, the Protea Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

"I would say no," video expert Riana Smalberger answered when asked for her professional opinion by Tshabalala's lawyer Mlungiseleli Sovithi.

Maarohanye and Tshabalala face charges of murder, attempted murder, and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

They were allegedly racing their Mini Coopers when they crashed into a group of school children in Mdlalose Street, in Protea North, on 8 March 2010. Four boys died and two were seriously injured.

Ike Motloung, for Maarohanye, earlier asked Smalberger whether there was software capable of editing the video on the cellphone. She replied that there was.

Motloung had explained to her how the cellphone showing the two men allegedly racing was confiscated.

"The evidence was seriously compromised," she said.

Motloung said the owner of the phone was first allowed to delete items from the phone and the police later tried to open the phone.

Smalberger said police should have used proper methodology. Information on the phone could have been deleted.

"It's forensically incorrect. You're compromising evidence."

She said 10 of the 12 videos made on the day of the accident were deleted. She was able to recover only two.

"The video files have to be in a continuous state for me to view it."

Motloung asked her why the owner of the cellphone would delete 10 of the videos.

"I wouldn't be able to say," she said, adding that there was no way she could determine the date on which they were deleted.

State prosecutor Raymond Mathenjwa finished the day's proceedings with brief questions on what was seen in the four-second video.

He questioned Smalberger on the distance of the two cars from each other.

"I would say they were quite close, yes," she replied, adding that Tshabalala's car's wheels crossed the middle line in the road at one point.

Magistrate Brian Nemavhidi postponed the trial to 13 July for closing arguments.

  • Billy - 2012-06-04 21:27

    have data recovery performed by professionals on the phones storage? why is a video specialist trying to perform data recovery? and there are video applications that will view all available video data, even if slightly corrupted.

      lostwithinsanity - 2012-06-05 09:32

      Unfortunately it's going to be a case of "we have money to buy our way out of this mess", so it will apparently be "damaged data" if it's recovered. Or it's going to be said that the data was tampered with. Do you know what country we are living in?? :P

  • Henk - 2012-06-04 21:28

    Who is paying the legal fees?

      nasheenar - 2012-06-05 08:27

      Us as per usual.

  • sifiso.wisey - 2012-06-04 21:35

    Racing or not they are guilty!!!!! How much more evidence do the court need?

  • stanley.marries - 2012-06-04 21:35

    I can already see where this damn case is heading..NOT GUILTY.. that's South African law..the more evidence there is against a criminal,the better his/her chances are of getting off scott-free!! This case has been dragging on for just over two years now,but still,the families of the victims don't havve justice,but if my two front tyres can just roll over a stop line,then I'm surely going to get the harshest punishment/fine!!!..MXIM!!!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-06-05 05:51

    GUILTY!!! just put him in jail 4 life sentences as it was 4 lives... no parol ever!!!!

  • mizzo.mahlangu - 2012-06-05 06:03

    For heaven sake kids died in the scene what more proof do they want , the judicial system sucks @ some point !

  • nofikathiniskeyi.eunice - 2012-06-05 07:23

    kancane kancane jub jub u belong 2jail u must stay there til u die demit ungumbono umbi kwisizwe sonke

  • Thato - 2012-06-05 08:20

    leave them plz its being long tym now

      Bruce - 2012-06-05 13:21

      It may be a long time, but the kids are still dead! That has not changed!

  • Maria - 2012-06-05 08:24

    This is so so so unfair!!!! These are the things we (community) should be marching for - after two years and we still talking about evidence - what evidence??? We all know the story mos, this really hurts!

      Wally Walters - 2012-06-05 08:36

      they were dicing each other both are guilty

  • nadineelvina.francis - 2012-06-05 14:27

    I will say it again - The video should not be on trial - the extent of those kids injuries -decapitated , limbs violently amputated , tells us what speed they were travelling at and why they are guilty of this crime. There is no more evidence needed.

  • Johan - 2012-06-05 16:05

    13th of July?????? the bastard gets another 5 weeks to walk around???? And then another 5 weeks to sentencing?? Money can buy justice it seems.

  • Johan - 2012-06-05 16:08

    It actually runs in the family; his mother is the one who cheated Oprah Winfrey out of her money with her "childrens home".

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