State close to wrapping up De Jager trial

Johannes de Jager is accused of murdering two teenage girls.

Johannes de Jager in court in connection with the murder of Charmaine Mare on 25 February 2014. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The state is one step away from wrapping up its case in the trial of a Cape Town man accused of murdering two teenage girls.

Johannes de Jager denied killing 16-year-old Mpumalanga resident Charmaine Mare in Kraaifontein last year, but he has admitted to chopping up and dumping parts of her body across the metro.

The 48-year-old is also on trial for the 2008 murder of Hiltina Alexander, a sex worker from Parow.

An emotionless de Jager sat in the dock, reading through old court papers, shooting glances at those in the courtroom.

State prosecutors on Monday handed the court records of Mare's mobile conversations on BBM with friends in the days before she was killed.

De Jager's defence lawyer did not object to this.

Certain technical admissions by de Jager were also handed in as evidence.

The state intended closing its case on Monday, but this was delayed as one witness still had to clarify an issue raised by defence lawyers.

The court also heard de Jager would take to the stand.