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One of the men accused of murdering a teenager during the July 2011 school holidays says he was mending furniture at the time the murder was committed.
Donovan Rich testified in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday that he was fixing cane furniture for a woman in Hanover Park on the day Trevor Maritz, 16, was murdered.
Rich told the court that he arrived at Natasha Nefdt’s home at around midday on July 8, 2011 and left four hours later. Nefdt also testified, matching Rich’s evidence almost word for word.
Rich, 37, and his stepson, Abdullah Cassiem-Londt, 23, who are on trial for murder and aggravated robbery, have pleaded not guilty to the murder.
Cassiem-Londt was dating Trevor’s cousin at the time and had often stayed at his house over weekends.
Prosecutor Susan Galloway asked Rich about his palm prints, which were found in the Maritz house after the murder. Rich said he had been at Trevor’s Somerset Heights home in Kleinvlei a week before the murder to advise him on how to set up his music speakers.
Galloway said the only place Rich’s palm prints were found was on a book in Trevor’s bedroom. “No comment,” Rich said.
Galloway asked why Rich’s sister, Shanien Hicks, would lie in court that he had confessed to her about the murder. Rich said she had fabricated her evidence.
The trial continues on Wednesday.