Story of Griekwastad accused tested

2013-11-18 16:18
Griekwastad murder suspect.

Griekwastad murder suspect. ( André Damons, 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 State on Monday started cross-examining the 17-year-old boy accused of killing three members of the Steenkamp family on their farm near Griekwastad.

"We are just going to test what you have said, if that could be the truth," prosecutor Hannes Cloete told the boy in the Northern Cape High Court.

Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial of the boy, accused of killing 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.

"Its very important you listen carefully and understand what I am doing," Cloete told the boy before he began.

Cloete informed the boy the State alleges he killed three people, tried to rape one of them, and lied to the police.

Cloete explained that he would test the probability of the boy’s actions on the day of the murders.

He asked the boy why he had picked up the firearms he allegedly found next to the farm road. The boy said it was a way to show the attackers, who might be still in the vicinity, he had a weapon.

"That could not be. Then you would not have placed them on the back seat," Cloete said.

The prosecutor asked the boy how it was possible to see the firearms beside the road.

"There is testimony before the court that what you say about the firearms was not possible," said Cloete.

When proceedings began on Monday morning the boy's lawyer Willem Coetzee called him to the stand as the first witness after the State closed its case last week.

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 trial continues.

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