Families wait with bated breath for De Jager judgment, expected today
CAPE TOWN – Judgment on double murder-accused Johannes Christiaan de Jager is expected in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
Judge Chuma Cossie had postponed judgment to allow more time for deliberation.
On April 15, prosecutor Romay van Rooyen said she received supplementary heads of argument from De Jager’s lawyer and had answered them on April 14.
He previously testified that Mare died in an accidental fatal fall, saying he dismembered her body and set her torso alight in a panicked and shocked state.
He pleaded guilty at the start of the trial to dismemberment and a lesser charge of theft of Mare’s phone, rather than robbery.
His lawyer Sakkie Maartens said in closing argument that De Jager was guilty of common assault on his own version of forcefully grabbing Mare before she fell.
Maartens asked the court not to find De Jager guilty of murder simply because of the callousness he displayed when testifying on how he dismembered Mare.
On the stand, De Jager had said removing her limbs while under the influence “was the same as slaughtering a goat in the veld”.