Saturday, 28 March 2009

'He and no one else murdered her'

March 26 2009 at 10:16PM

Security guard Aaron Mashishi shot Pretoria dancer Estee van Rensburg in the head last year to prevent her from identifying him, the State contended on Thursday.

This was the argument by prosecutor J P Marais in the 26-year-old Mashishi's trial in the High Court in Pretoria.

Mashishi has admitted to charges of robbing the 19-year-old dancer of her bank card, car, electronic goods, and drawing money from her bank account.

However, he claimed an accomplice called Ndoda shot her with his firearm.

Van Rensburg was found shot in the head at her family home in Faerie Glen, Pretoria, on March 25 last year.

Mashishi, who worked for the nearby security company paid by Van Rensburg's father, Koos, to protect them, was identified by police and arrested after yet again withdrawing money from his victim's bank account on April 1 last year.

His supervisor and a police superintendent both testified that Mashishi had on the day of his arrest confessed to them that he had shot Van Rensburg in the head after demanding her bank card and PIN number.

Mashishi testified that he never spoke to his supervisor about the murder.

He earlier claimed he had never made any statement to the police. He said his statements during a pointing-out had been "misinterpreted".

Prosecutor JP Marias said Ndoda was a figment of Mashishi's imagination.

"He committed the robbery in broad daylight, dressed in his uniform and using his company vehicle and company firearm," Marais argued.

"It is clear that he decided to murder his victim to prevent her from identifying him. He and no one else murdered her."

The trial continues on Friday. - Sapa


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