De­fence aims to crack driver in Kre­j­cir trial

State wit­ness quizzed over ‘in­con­sis­ten­cies’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAIN GERMANER

THE STATE’S star wit­ness in Radovan Kre­j­cir’s trial for mur­der has been ac­cused of tai­lor­ing his ev­i­dence be­cause of a se­ries of in­con­sis­ten­cies be­tween his writ­ten state­ment and tes­ti­mony in court.

Kre­j­cir, Mfaniseni Memela, Nkany­iso Ma­funda and Si­bon­iso Miya have been ac­cused of the 2013 mur­der of al­leged Bed­ford­view druglord Sam Issa.

Kre­j­cir’s for­mer driver, Lyubomir Borislavov Grig­orov, has spent sev­eral days over the past six months tes­ti­fy­ing against the four men at the High Court in Joburg. He was ini­tially one of the co-ac­cused in the case but be­came a State wit­ness ear­lier this year.

In his time on the stand, Grig­orov has claimed that Kre­j­cir and Issa were in the mid­dle of a dis­pute over R500 000 that the for­mer owed the lat­ter.

Be­cause of the ten­sion be­tween them, and an al­leged at­tempt on Kre­j­cir’s life, he sum­moned the other three ac­cused to kill Issa. Issa was later found gunned down in his Audi Q7 in Bed­ford­view.

Grig­orov’s tes­ti­mony has come un­der the mi­cro­scope this week, with Miya’s lawyer, En­rico Guarneri, con­tin­u­ing his cross-ex­am­i­na­tion. Guarneri spent hours com­par­ing Grig­orov’s ini­tial state­ment to po­lice with his sig­nif­i­cantly more de­tailed tes­ti­mony.

The state­ment, Guarneri ar­gued, did not men­tion sev- eral key as­pects of the State’s case, namely how Miya, Memela and Ma­funda had met Kre­j­cir and were asked to per­form the killing.

It also did not give de­tails about the num­ber of ve­hi­cles Kre­j­cir al­legedly gave to Miya to per­form his job as his er­rand run­ner.

The state­ment also failed to men­tion how the Ford Ranger be­lieved to have been used to hunt down Issa on the night of the mur­der had been fit­ted with blue lights and a siren by Miya.

An­other key as­pect miss­ing from the state­ment, ac­cord­ing to Guarneri, was how all the ac­cused were present when Kre­j­cir al­legedly told his three al­leged ac­com­plices to re­mem­ber Issa’s face be­fore be­ing asked to kill him.

Grig­orov was un­able to ex­plain the in­con­sis­ten­cies, telling the court he had told the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers all of these de­tails when they took his state­ment.

Guarneri also ques­tioned how Grig­orov had man­aged to get a copy of the court record of his own tes­ti­mony. The doc­u­ment was dis­cov­ered in his carry-bag at the court.

The record had nu­mer­ous sec­tions un­der­lined by Grig­orov – on his own ad­mis­sion – with many of the un­der­lined seg­ments cor­re­spond­ing to the miss­ing pieces of his ini­tial state­ment.

Yes­ter­day, the case was post­poned to Wed­nes­day for fur­ther cross-ex­am­i­na­tion.

PICTURE: MOTLABANA MONNAKGOTLA

Radovan Kre­j­cir al­legedly wanted Sam Issa dead.

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