Griek­wastad mur­der case told of in­juries

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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.

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