Witness claims accused in WC beheading case planned to sell body parts
Aljar Swartz is accused on beheading Lee Adams at an abandoned school in Ravensmead two years ago.
JOHANNESBURG - A Ravensmead youth, testifying in a murder case in which a teenager was beheaded, says he did not think the accused was serious about going through with the vicious act.
His head was found buried in the accused, Aljar Swartz', yard a few days later.
Swartz appeared in the Western Cape High Court today.
Nineteen-year-old witness, Jason Sass, has testified that the accused told him on numerous occasions of his plans to behead and mutilate people, and sell the body parts to a sangoma for money.
Sass claims Swartz asked him to get Adams and another boy to an abandoned school the morning of the incident.
The 19-year-old says he came across the accused walking with the victim later that afternoon, but he still didn't think he was serious about harming Adams.
Sass says he asked Swartz whether he had gone through with his plans at school the following day, he allegedly admitted to beheading the victim.
Swartz has denied all the accusations made by the witness and has pleaded not guilty.
'I COULD GET R5,000 FOR THE BODY PARTS'
At the same time, a second witness has testified he overheard the youth accused of beheading Adams telling a friend he could get money in exchange for body parts.
Bryant Manasse says he knew both the accused and the victim.
He's testified Swartz approached him at school and asked him on numerous occasions to bring a friend to the park, because he needed something to be done.
Manasse says the next day he overheard Swartz telling a friend he could get R5,000 for body parts.
The witness told the court he saw the accused walking with Adams on the evening of the attack.
He claims Adams was going to the abandoned school with the accused to get dagga.
The witness alleges Swartz approached him at school the next day and told him it was tough, but he got what he needed and did not elaborate any further.