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Suspect’s DNA found on victim

Johannes de Jager is accused of killing Hiltina Alexander and Charmaine Mare.

FILE: Johannes de Jager has denied murdering 16 year-old Charmaine Mare but has admitted to dismembering her in Kraaifontein in 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It has emerged DNA found on the fingernails of an 18-year-old sex worker matches that of the Cape Town man accused of killing her.

Johannes de Jager pleaded not guilty to raping and strangling Parow teenager Hiltina Alexander in 2008.

The 48-year-old man is also on trial for the 2013 murder of 16-year-old Charmaine Mare from Mpumalanga.

Speaking in court on Monday, DNA expert Ulrich Koenze revealed de Jager's DNA was found on Alexander's finger nails.

It is alleged de Jager picked up Alexander in Parow before raping and killing her.

He then dumped her body on the N7 outside Atlantis almost six years ago.

In the other case, another police DNA expert Marius Joubert testified that possible blood drops were found in the Kraaifontein home, where it is believed Mare was killed.

The teenager's severed hands were discovered in a garage, her torso in a nearby field and her feet on the side of the N2 in Somerset West.

The trial has been postponed to Tuesday.