Marikana trial: Cop testifies about accumulating blood swabs, proof

Blood become as soon as came across on knobkerries and self-made spears at crime scenes days ahead of the unhealthy 2012 Marikana massacre, whereby inserting miners had been shot tiresome, the North West Extreme Court docket docket has heard.

This emerged when Lieutenant Colonel Moses Mushwana took the look stand inside the so-called Marikana trial whereby worn North West deputy police commissioner Indispensable Common William Mpembe and 5 others stand accused.

Mushwana informed the court docket docket about his position on the crime scenes, following occasions that unfolded at Lonmin K3 shaft in Marikana – three days ahead of the unhealthy massacre in August 2012.

Mpembe, retired Colonel Salmon Vermaak, Constable Nkosana Mguye and Warrant Officers Katlego Sekgweleya, Masilo Mogale and Khazamola Makhubela are on trial.

News24 beforehand reported that Mpembe faces 4 prices of abolish for the deaths of Semi Jokansi, Thembelakhe Mati, Hendrick Monene and Sello Lepaaku. He additionally faces 5 prices of tried abolish. His co-accused each face one rely of abolish. Mushwana is Quantity 25 on the look guidelines.

The look talked about he become as soon as a captain on the time and attended the scene to deliver collectively forensic proof and pictures.

He informed Use Tebogo Djadje that he arrived at spherical 16: 31.

As soon as there, he made observations, took images, keen sketch plans and aloof diversified proof, together with blood swabs and cartridges from firearms. He attended two crime scenes on the day, he talked about.

Shows despatched to forensic laboratory

The look testified that he additionally aloof blood swabs from knobkerries and self-made spears.

Mushwana, who has been inside the police service for 27 years, talked about he registered the aloof proof the next day, 14 August, at Marikana police dispute.

He talked about he good accomplished engaged on them after midnight on the 13 August.

Mushwana then went to the Rustenburg Native Crime Recordsdata Centre the put aside they’d been saved in a storeroom.

He talked about he despatched the exhibits to the forensic science laboratory in Pretoria on 28 August 2012.

He additionally informed the court docket docket that he revisited the 2 crime scenes on 14 August and 9 October 2012. All through the 9 October seek the advice of with, he discovered three extra cartridge circumstances which he additionally registered on the dispute after that.

When Command indicate Kenneth Mashile puzzled why he revisited the crime scenes, Mushwana talked about revisits all through the day had been attract circumstances the put aside officers had been at crime scenes at evening time.

The court docket docket adjourned for the lunch smash.

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