South Africa 26.3.2014 12:00 am

Body-in-boot case: ex-stripper confesses

File photo: Maruschka Robinson speaks to her lawyer at the Randburg Magistrates Court, Randburg, 26 March 2014. Her partner Jean-Pierre Malan  is appearing with her on charges of the murder of Dustin Blom, whose body was found in the boot of his parked car at Montecasino. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

File photo: Maruschka Robinson speaks to her lawyer at the Randburg Magistrates Court, Randburg, 26 March 2014. Her partner Jean-Pierre Malan is appearing with her on charges of the murder of Dustin Blom, whose body was found in the boot of his parked car at Montecasino. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

A twist in the Montecasino “body-in-a-boot case” came yesterday in the form of a confession by accused Maruschka Robinson, who admitted to killing bereaved husband Dustin Blom.

Robinson, a former stripper, had been arrested in connection with the murder on September 24, while co-accused

Jean-Pierre Malan was arrested on September 26.

Prosecutor Yusuf Baba told the Randburg Magistrate’s Court that the State

was in possession of the confession by Robinson.

“We have no objection to releasing the confession made by Maruschka Robinson,” said Baba, who added the State would not object to discharging other information pertaining to the investigation as the trial proceeded.

Baba told the court the State had no objection to releasing the fake driver’s licence used by Malan; different documents containing his pictures when arrested; and transcripts of a conversation between Malan and an international drug smuggler where he stated a customs official is nee-ded to smuggle drugs.

“The State has no objection to release the fingerprints of the accused found in the vehicle of the deceased; CCTV footage at the casino showing the two accused entering the building; and a toxicology and post-mortem report,” said Baba.

Malan’s attorney, Shaun Hamilton, requested information from the State for his client to be aware of what he would be facing during the trial, after the State announced it completed its investigation.

Baba disclosed evidence that Robinson and Malan intended to kill Blom, whose decomposing body was found in the boot of his car in a parking garage at the casino.

“The State will allege that Robinson had access to cards, passports and an identity document before he died, showing intent to commit the crime,” said Baba.

The duo will face premeditated murder charges, after autopsy results revealed Blom was strangled to death.

The matter was postponed to April 1 to arrange a date for the bail application. Both accused were remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, the case of four men accused of taking more than R100 000 from Blom’s bank account after his death, was postponed to April 3.

Louis Coetzee, 29, Heinrich Coetzee, 32, Ian Manyika, 22, and Alex de Kooker, 22, each face two counts of fraud. The case was postponed after De Kooker failed to appear in court. – jevanneg@citizen.co.za

 

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