Cape Town - A bricklayer has given damning evidence against a woman accused of murdering her aunt and cousin and then burying them in their backyard.
Clive Geduld took the witness stand at the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, where he said the accused, Levonna Jacobs, asked him to dig trenches in the backyard, not knowing he was digging the dead women’s graves.
He says at one stage, one of the victims even helped him, not realising she was digging her own grave.
Prosecutors are set to prove Levonna, 38, strangled her aunt Virna Jacobs, 47 and her cousin, Rowena Jacobs, 26, to death and buried their bodies in their backyard in Seringue Avenue in Delft-South.
“She told me to leave it alone, that it was dangerous things and the smell was dangerous for (Rowena’s) children. She told me to place a mat over it, which I did.”
He also noticed that Rowena was not home.
Clive said when he returned later to cement the yard again, he called to Virna to make him a cup of coffee like she usually did.
However, there was no response and Jacobs came to tell him that Virna had left for Namaqualand.
“She made me a cup of coffee and told me Virna had left with strange people to sort out her inheritance from her husband in Namaqualand,” he testified.
“She said she had sold 30 bags of sand (from the backyard) and that the holes were already covered, but I found it strange because the rubble which was supposed to be used to fill the holes was still there.”
He said when Jacobs turned her back he threw away the coffee because he had “become suspicious”.
On his way to the kitchen he noticed Virna’s belongings were still in her room.
“Her cellphone and cigarettes were on her bedside table, the bed was not made and her slippers were next to the bed,” he said.
“That was out of character because she was a very neat and proper person. Virna would also never leave without her slippers,” he said.