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‘Muti-murder’: Evidence proves accused was at the crime scene

Aljar Swartz (20) is on trial for the mutilation and murder of 15-year-old Lee Adams in October 2013.

Lee Adams was killed in a suspected satanic attack. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – A police fingerprint expert says evidence proves a man accused of beheading a Ravensmead teenager was at the crime scene.

Twenty-year-old Aljar Swartz is on trial for the mutilation and murder of 15-year-old Lee Adams in October 2013.

Adams’s decapitated body was found in an abandoned school in Ravensmead, while his head was buried in the accused's backyard.

Warrant officer Philipp Becker says he studied a comparison between the accused's fingerprints and fingerprints lifted from the crime scene.

He says he found enough similarities to convince himself that he was looking at the same print.

Becker testified the bloody print lifted off a wall at the crime scene has been identified as that of Swartz’s right hand.

But the defence has questioned his findings and reminded the court of another police fingerprint expert who could not positively match the prints to the accused.

Warrant officer and fingerprint expert Neville Mcnab has also been called to the stand.

He’s testified that he doesn’t have the advanced training Becker has to confirm such a finding.

PATHOLOGIST TESTIFIES

Yesterday, forensic pathologist Bronwyn Abrahams testified that a sharp force stroke to the neck was the cause of Adams’s death.

She said she also studied multiple stab wounds and bruises to the victim’s face and neck.

Two sharp kitchen knives and a machete, found at Swartz’s home, were submitted as evidence before the court. 

The court heard allegations the accused planned to sell the victim’s head to a sangoma for money. 

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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