Forensic experts didn’t collect bloodied items – Sebolai case

Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai looks through a court document containing crime scene photos after trial proceedings, 27 July 2015, at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, South of Johannesburg. Sebolai is accused of murdering his girlfriend Rachel Dolly Tshabalala in his flat in Soweto last year. Picture: Alaister Russell

It was the duty of forensic experts to ensure that all the necessary documents were collected from the white Fiat Palio belonging to slain girlfriend of former Jozi FM present Donald Sebolai, the South Gauteng High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard yesterday.

Constable Joyce Mofokeng told the court how she found the abandoned car of Dolly Tshabalala, parked next to a road in central western Jabavu.

“I was en route to Moroka when I came across the vehicle and when I looked at the registration number I realised it could be the same vehicle police officers were instructed to be on the lookout for.

“I then contacted the Jabulani police station to confirm if indeed the registration number I saw corresponded with the one we were instructed to be on the lookout for, and the station confirmed,” she said.

Mofokeng said she then asked the station to send a team of forensice experts and photographers to the scene, but no one pitched. “We waited for hours, until my station commander instructed me to get a plastic bag to place the bloodied items that we found inside the car.

“We (officers who were on the scene) did not have any protective gloves, but Warrant Officer Tshabalala who came to the scene gave me gloves that I used to place the bloodied items into a black transparent refuse bag which I found from a nearby house,” said Mofokeng.

Asked during the cross-examination if she was supposed to be the one collecting evidence at the scene, Mofokeng said it was the duty of the forensic experts to do so, however she placed the items found inside the car on instructions from her station commander.

She said she had to pull her jersey sleeves over her hands, just so she could open the car.

The court also heard that the vehicle in question was unlocked and there were no keys found on the ignition.

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