Griekwastad murder case told of injuries
A GIRL killed in the Griekwastad farm murders had injuries similar to other attempted rape victims, the Northern Cape High Court heard yesterday.
Clinical forensic physician Dr Tromp Els said under crossexamination, however, that the same redness identified on the girl’s genitals could have been caused by a sanitary pad while riding a horse without a saddle.
Northern Cape Judge President Frans Kgomo is hearing evidence in the trial in Kimberley of a 17-year-old boy accused of the murders of Northern Cape farmer Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14. They were shot on their farm, Naauwhoek, on April 6 last year. The teenager also faces a charge of rape in relation to Marthella, and defeating the ends of justice. The trial was postponed to next week.
During Els’s evidence in chief, the State handed a bundle of photographs to Kgomo and the witness, which were not shown on the public monitor in court. Earlier, the court heard that no semen or male DNA was found during the autopsy on the girl.
On Thursday there was a ruling to allow the media to continue sitting in on the trial, despite a request that upsetting details not be made public.
Judge Kgomo said there was no sound reason to recall his previous order or to amend it.
Prosecutor Hannes Cloete said he believed the evidence to be presented was too sensitive.
The evidence the State and defence did not want the media to report on was in relation to the alleged rape.
The court also heard the testimony of two minors, friends of the youth, about discussions they had had with him.
Astrophysicist Nicola Loaring, an astronomer at the observatory in Cape Town, also testified as to the atmospheric conditions on the farm on the day of the murders. She said the sun would have set at 6.18pm.
She said that at the time the State suggested the murders happened, between 6.34pm and 6.50pm, it would still have been light enough to see properly for a fair distance. – Sapa
IN THE DOCK: The accused in the Griekwastad murder trial talks to one of his advocates.