Pretoria woman suffocated, court hears

2012-11-15 20:41

Johannesburg - An Eersterust woman whose body was found under her alleged killer's bed died of suffocation, a pathologist told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Suzan Mabotja testified that Novinia Groom, 18, had been gagged with a sock and had blunt force injuries on the inside and outside of her neck.

She also had abrasions on both elbows, and bruises indicative of sexual penetration.

The body was clad only in a white T-shirt and a black bra.

Mabotja found that the cause of Groom's death was suffocation.

Earlier this week, Groom's neighbour Jermaine Marbles, 33, pleaded not guilty to killing and raping her on 24 August last year.

He also pleaded not guilty to charges of robbery, rape and the attempted murder of another woman in July 2010.

Groom's mother Valerie and several other witnesses testified that her body was found half-naked under Marbles' bed a day after she was seen with him.

Her body was found only because her mother insisted that the police search the room because of a "gut feeling" that her daughter was there.

Valerie testified that Marbles and two other men drove past her house earlier that day, but raced off without stopping.

A second alleged rape victim testified behind closed doors.

Marbles, who was granted bail in that case, has claimed he had consensual sex with the woman.

The trial continues on Friday.

  • anele.mveku - 2012-11-15 21:10

    So much Cruelty... I swear to God anyone who would kill my dota like this I would murder him with my own bere hands he wouldn't hv to go to Jail I'd go instead for killing him.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-15 21:22

    Jermaine is going to loose more than his "marbles" this time around. Everyday there is an article about some sick f#ck that roams the same streets we are.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 21:47

    Mr Zuma, where can we submit our Cv's for the vacant Hang-man Post because the closing date is due!!

  • riotousr - 2012-11-16 09:16

    It must be in their nature to do all those sort of things after tic and all sorts of 'recreational' stuff. I am always terrified if I have to go drop a friend in Eesterus. There is so much heartless level of cruelty perpetrated there as if it were their daily ritual.

  • jacowium - 2012-11-16 11:57

    I'm "keen" to hear his explanation of how Novinia's body ended up under his bed, since he is so innocent - not.

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