Amanda Watson
News Editor
1 minute read
2 Apr 2014
6:00 am

Monte body-in-boot accused in bail bid

Amanda Watson

Maruschka Robinson and Jean-Pierre Malan will apply for bail at their next court appearance on April 24 in the Randburg Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg.

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

The pair have been in custody for nearly seven months, since their arrest in September for the murder of Dustan Blom.

Blom was found dead and decomposing in the boot of his car by security guards at Montecasino in Fourways, north of Johannesburg, last year.

In March last year, Blom’s wife Talita gave birth to their twins but died hours afterwards due to medical complications. The twins, a boy and a girl, are with Talita’s parents.

Last week public prosecutor Yusuf Baba said the State was in possession of a confession by Robinson for the murder. Baba also stated in court the crime scene had been pointed out by Robinson, and that the prosecution was in possession of the autopsy and toxicology reports. While Baba will not be prosecuting the case, as it is to be moved to the South Gauteng High Court, he stated last week the State intended to show premeditated murder.

Evidence in the prosecution’s armoury includes CCTV footage and the accused’s fingerprints on Blom’s vehicle. It also intends to show how Robinson came to be in possession of Blom’s bank cards and had previously claimed R35 000 had been withdrawn from his account.

Blom was charged with drinking and driving in May and the State alleged Robinson assisted with his release.