Suspects went shopping with body in car

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Copy of st MAIN Randburg court02.JPG (40916083) Independent Newspapers Maruschka Robins and JP Malan stand accused of murdering Dustan Blom and abandoning his body in a car at Montecasino. Picture: Dumisani Dube

Johannesburg - Former stripper Maruschka Robinson and her alleged drug dealer boyfriend Jean-Pierre Malan, 33, blew R36 000 of their alleged victim Dustan Blom’s money in a few hours after his death.

As Blom’s body lay in the boot, decomposing, his tenant Robinson and Malan were driving around Joburg with it.

This and other details emerged on Tuesday during the pair’s brief appearance in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Robinson had her face made up carefully and let her jet-black hair cascade over her shoulders.

The indictment presented in court, but not read, indicated that Robinson and Malan killed their victim, bundled his body in the boot of his car and went on a shopping spree, using his bank cards.

The pair abandoned the vehicle the next day, with the body in the boot, at a parking lot of a casino. The smell of Blom’s decomposing body drew the attention of security guards three days later. Police were alerted.

The pair were furnished with the indictment on Tuesday.

Robinson and Malan have been in custody since their arrest in September last year.

They face five counts of fraud, robbery with aggravating circumstances, attempting to defeat the course of justice and murder.

Malan also faces five separate charges that relate to being found in possession of fake ID books.

At the time of his murder, Blom’s wife Talita had died. She died in March last year due to amniotic embolism, an obstetric condition that collapses the heart and lungs, five hours after giving birth to their twins.

The twins are being raised by Talita’s family.

Before his death, Blom had taken Robinson, 25, as a tenant at his North Riding home.

The indictment says Malan visited Robinson on September 18 last year. They allegedly overpowered the 37-year-old man and strangled him. He died in his house.

They allegedly took his bank cards, driving licence, passport and ID book, and stuffed his body into the boot of his car.

Robinson and Malan allegedly went to Cedars Square in Fourways, where they spent R9 700 at Dion Wired. Their next stop was Montecasino, where they made three different withdrawals at separate times. The first withdrawal was for R10 000.

They later took R1 500 and the final withdrawal was for R15 000.

After making the withdrawals, they dumped the vehicle in the parking lot.

Four days after the discovery of Blom’s body, law enforcement agencies arrested Malan. He was allegedly found in possession of ID books that had been altered.

It has emerged in previous court proceedings that Blom and Robinson had a close relationship since early last year.

When Blom was arrested on a drunk-driving charge on May 25 last year, he had allegedly given his account details to Robinson so that she could bail him out.

The State was also said to be in possession of a transcript between Malan and an international drug syndicate member in which he described how to smuggle narcotics into the country by having “a customs official on your side”.

Robinson and Malan’s trial will start on October 6 at the South Gauteng High Court in Joburg.

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