Meghan Cremer's alleged killer claims he was assaulted by cops before pointing out location of body

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Jeremy Sias, the man accused of killing Meghan Cremer, is pictured in court.
Jeremy Sias, the man accused of killing Meghan Cremer, is pictured in court.
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  • Jeremy Sias claims he was assaulted by the police before he pointed out the whereabouts of Meghan Cremer's body.
  • He admits to dumping her remains, but alleges he found her dead in the boot of her car after taking the vehicle for a joyride.
  • He claims to have disposed of her body because he feared he would be accused of her murder.

Beaten with a table leg, warned by a sangoma, attacked by dogs and having his ears twisted - these were among the threats and assaults Jeremy Sias claims he endured at the hands of the police before he pointed out Meghan Cremer's body.

The murder accused, through his advocate, Bashier Sibda, told of being exposed to brutality prior to leading officers to the horse rider's remains.

He maintains he did not kill her, but had found her body in the boot of her car after taking it for a joyride.

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A trial-within-a-trial is unfolding in the Western Cape High Court regarding the admissibility of the notes taken during the pointing out of the scene where police found her body.

Earlier in the trial, Sias, through Sibda, claimed that he had found Cremer's Toyota Auris, with the key in the ignition at Vaderlandsche Rietvlei Farm, where he was employed as a general worker, and where Cremer lived.

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According to his version, he had driven off in her car on 3 August 2019. Later that night, he rifled through the vehicle and discovered her body in the boot, he claimed.

He dumped her remains on a farm in Olieboom Road, Philippi, because he ostensibly feared he would be accused of her murder.

He was arrested two days after Cremer was last seen.

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On Wednesday, Sias, through Sibda, claimed that, instead of being taken to the holding cells following his arrest, he was taken to the parking lot at Philippi police station, where he was assaulted.

Sibda told the investigating officer, Sergeant Xolani Basso:

He was beaten with fists and he was kicked. He was also hit with a wooden, square pole, resembling a table leg.

Basso said he was not aware of this because he had not been present at the time of the arrest.

Sias, as well as Charles Daniels, who was caught driving Cremer's car, and had told police he had gotten it from "Bompie", had been in the police's holding cells when he met them, Basso testified.

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According to Sibda, dogs had also been set on his client. He had ostensibly escaped injury when the dogs bit him on his shoe by "pulling in his toes", and had been unhurt when they snapped at his jacket.

Sias claimed he was beaten in the ribs and that his assailants had not punched or beaten him in the face.

He further alleged one of the officers had put a gun to Daniels' head and had threatened to shoot and kill both of them.

Basso maintained that he had not been present at the time and couldn't comment.

Sibda said his client had been "terrified and beside himself" following the assault he had supposedly had to endure.

Sias had also apparently been told by another officer that a piece of clothing had been taken for DNA analysis and "was a match", warning him to "say what happened". This officer, according to him, had also smacked him.

In a more bizarre allegation, he claimed that the officer, who took his fingerprints, had told him he was a sangoma, saying Sias was lying to police and encouraged him to "reveal whether she is alive or passed away".

Basso denied that any of the officers at the station was a sangoma.

He confirmed that Sias had taken him to the farm and showed him where he had found Cremer's vehicle. Basso said he had looked around the vicinity in search of her body, but had not found it.

Two gas guns, in addition to a PlayStation, taken from Sias' home were also presented to his client and was said to be a weapon used to rob Cremer. This was apparently said to him by two officers from Grassy Park, Sibda said.

Again, Basso said he had not been present at the time it happened, and he had no knowledge of it.

"He says those officers made him sit on his knees, assaulted him by twisting his ears and repeatedly called him a liar," Sibda maintained, saying that the officers had also hit his client.

Basso responded:

I never witnessed that.

Basso also denied he had made a commitment to the accused that, if he cooperated, the matter would be resolved in a lower court, that Sias would be granted bail, and that he would "see his children again".

"I never made any promises to Mr Sias," Basso said from the witness box.

And, according to Basso, the accused had not complained of any injuries or told him he had been assaulted.

The trial continues on Thursday.

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