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Cape Town - Abdullah Cassiem-Londt has denied any involvement in the murder of an Eerste River teen saying he was asleep in his Hanover Park home when the murder took place.
Cassiem-Londt, 23, took the stand in his defence in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday saying he had gone to a friend on the morning of the murder - July 8, 2011 - but when the friend was not at home, he returned home and went to bed. He had woken up at about 5.30pm when his mother and stepfather, Donovan Rich, 37, arrived.
Rich has been charged, along with Cassiem-Londt, with the murder of 16-year-old Trevor Maritz.
Maritz was stabbed to death in his Somerset Heights home in Kleinvlei. Household goods were also stolen from the premises.
Cassiem-Londt was dating Trevor’s cousin, Jade Smith, at the time and had often stayed over at his house on weekends.
Cassiem-Londt said Smith had phoned him two days after the murder to tell him about the killing.
“She told me Trevor was murdered so I said ‘don’t talk s***’ and I switched off the phone. So she called me again, she was shouting on the phone, so I knew she was serious. She said someone stabbed him,” Cassiem-Londt said.
He said Trevor had been like a younger brother to him. “We spoke at night. I gave him advice and he used to call me about his mother.”
Cassiem-Londt had slept over at Trevor’s grandmother’s home for nearly a week before the funeral.
A day after the funeral Cassiem-Londt had seen one of their friends and had confronted her about not being at the family home after the murder or the funeral. He said she was involved with “unsavoury characters” and had started smoking tik.
A year after the murder Cassiem-Londt saw, in a local tabloid newspaper, that police were looking for him and the friend. At that stage no one had been arrested.
Cassiem-Londt traced the friend and took her to Cape Town Central police station. They were both questioned about the murder but only Cassiem-Londt was arrested and charged.
Rich testified earlier this week that he had not been near the murder scene on the day of the incident. He said he had been out mending cane furniture and had arrived home after 5pm.
Rich and Cassiem-Londt have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and aggravated robbery.
The trial continues on Tuesday.