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Cape Town - The finger and palm prints of murder-accused Thandi Maqubela were found on crumpled plastic cling wrap found dumped in a waste paper basket in the room where Acting Judge Patrick Maqubela’s body was found, a fingerprint expert has confirmed.
Traces of the acting judge’s DNA was also found on the cling wrap, the Labour Court heard on Tuesday.
Tests done on the cling wrap came into question on Tuesday in the trial of Thandi Maqubela and co-accused Vela Mabena for the alleged murder.
Fingerprint specialist Warrant Officer Barend Swanepoel testified that he was called to the scene on June 8, 2009. He had been asked to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a person believed to have died of natural causes. Swanepoel set out to do fingerprint investigations.
On June 11, he was asked to return to the scene, accompanied by a Colonel Pretorius, his unit commander.
Pretorius had turned his attention to plastic wrap found in the room.
“It was all tangled up - and on top of it was a medical sticker,” Swanepoel said.
The 44th witness, Warrant Officer Riedwaan Boltman of the police forensic laboratory, said the DNA of the acting judge was found on the cling wrap.
The trial continues. - Cape Argus