Security camera footage places Montecasino murder-accused at crime scene

2015-04-16 12:53
Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

Dustan Blom and his wife Talita Bloem (Supplied)

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Johannesburg - Security camera footage showed how two murder-accused arrived at Montecasino in northern Johannesburg around midnight, apparently to dump the body of Dustan Blom, a court heard on Thursday.

The footage placed Marushka Robinson and JP Malan at the casino in the early hours of September 19 2013, the South Gauteng High Court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court heard.

Robinson and Malan are accused of killing Dustan Blom and dumping his body in the boot of his car, a Nissan, at the entertainment complex in Fourways.

Prosecutor Steven Rubin called Clinton Vigne, assistant surveillance manager at Montecasino, as a State witness on Thursday morning.

Vigne told the court that Montecasino had around 1 600 surveillance cameras, covering the outside and inside of the complex. 

"Monitoring is via analogue and the storing is digitally recorded on servers and hard drives," Vigne said, indicating that Montecasino's surveillance system was a stand-alone system.

"It cannot be accessed by an IP address, or from outside, hacked in anyway. It is a completely separate system," he told the court.

All the surveillance footage was encrypted, and time and date stamped.

"Cameras are used to follow suspects - if a suspect is identified on the floor who has stolen a cellhpone for argument's sake," Vigne said.

"They are also used to zoom in on the tables and slot machines to see exactly what a guest is doing and so on."

He said that they had Blom's details on their system, and a record of cash withdrawals made on his cards.

He took the court through video footage of the morning of September 19, beginning with Robinson and Malan entering the entertainment complex's VIP entrance at 00:05 on September 19 in a white Volvo.

The pair, shortly afterwards, went through security, walked through the casino gaming floor, and after getting a drink at the bar where they showed affection to one another. Then they approached the Venice cash desk where they withdrew R10 000, using Blom's card, according to court documents.

Previously, Malan had stated in his court submission that September 19 was the day he had placed Blom's body in the boot of his car and driven it to Montecasino, where he then left it.

In Robinson's statement to the court, she said during the early hours of September 18, while Malan and her were upstairs "shooting up drugs", Blom returned home and appeared later to have fallen asleep on his couch.

The pair had, on previous occasions, spiked Blom's drink with a date-rape drug so they could use his bank cards. Robinson had access to the bank cards and the pin number.

"Accused two [Malan] suggested we steal money from the deceased. I was initially not in favour of that because the deceased was already asleep and we could not spike his drink with GHB [date-rape drug]," she said in her statement, submitted to the court on Wednesday.

"Accused two [Malan] then told me he had a plan. He would put the deceased in a so-called 'sleeper hold' as the wrestlers did on TV, which would cause the deceased to remain asleep for some time. He would then steal his card and go and draw money."

Robinson said she heard noises similar to furniture being moved, then Malan came to her room with the cards and said he was going to draw money.

Malan apparently returned, later than normal, with a man by the name of Terrence. Robinson was later told by Malan that Blom had died and Terrence leaving shortly afterwards.

"I then told accused two [Malan] we should call the police. He told me if I called the police he would not be there when they arrived; that I was the person who lived with the deceased, and I would therefore be a suspect and in big trouble. I became very afraid," she said in her statement.

"Accused two [Malan] then suggested that we dispose of the body by putting it in the deceased’s vehicle, which he would then dump somewhere. I agreed to this."

According to Robinson, her and Malan then went to Montecasino where they drew money with Blom's bank card. They later used the money to buy drugs and items from a Dion Wired at Cedar Square.

The body was discovered on September 22 by security guards who noticed a foul smell coming from the vehicle.

Robinson was arrested on September 24 and Malan on September 26.

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