Griekwastad suspect helped cops

2013-03-26 22:33
Northern Cape High Court (Picture: Volksblad)

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Kimberley - A teenager accused of the Griekwastad farm killings helped police despite legal advice that he should not point out anything, the Northern Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

The court was hearing evidence in the trial of the 16-year-old youth, who is accused of shooting dead Griekwastad farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christel, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, on the farm Naauwhoek, on Friday, 6 April 2012.

Investigator Colonel Dick De Waal told the court he was twice phoned by defence lawyers Willem Coetzee and Sharon Erasmus during the initial investigation of a farm attack.

De Waal said the first time was when he took a witness statement from the youth to look for more leads to on what was believed to have been a farm attack.

He said the second time was when he asked the teenager to show him items.

De Waal said on both occasions he explained to the adults, in the presence of the youth, that he needed their help to do his investigation.

The adults decided to override the legal advice and to allow the investigator to proceed.

De Waal said that during his second phone call, the youth talked to a lawyer himself, and was asked not to make any statements or to point out anything.

Despite this, the youth complied with De Waal's request.

De Waal told the court that investigations at the farm during daylight the day after the murders produced nothing.

Police were looking for, among other things, fibres along the fence around the house and possible tracks of people jumping over the fence.

The court heard earlier that the police investigators and the forensic team left the murder scene at 01:30 that Saturday.

De Waal told the court he found two vehicles, with their keys still inside, in the shed on the farm.

Nothing was stolen from the shed.

The trial continues on Wednesday.

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