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Evidence in ET trial disputed


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Chris Mahlangu, accused of killing AWB leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, appears at the Ventersdorp Magistrates Court. Photo: Jennifer Bruce

Evidence given by the two people accused of killing rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was disputed in the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp on Tuesday.

This led to a trial within a trial. Norman Arendse, the lawyer for a teenager accused of the murder, asked for admissions, confessions and the pointing out of crime scenes by the two accused to be dealt with together.

“The youth's constitutional rights and rights under the Children's Act were systematically violated,” he said.

Lawyers for the boy and the other accused, Chris Mahlangu, said they would seek for the confessions and pointing out not to be submitted in the trial.

The two are accused of beating and hacking the former AWB leader to death in his farmhouse in the North West in April 2010. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking, and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Mahlangu claims he acted in self defence. The teenager has denied involvement in the crime. – Sapa


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