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De Jager opts to testify

De Jager, who admitted to dismembering a teen, but denies killing her, will testify in his defence.

Johannes de Jager in court on 25 February 2014. 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 - The Cape Town man accused of killing two girls has opted to testify in his defence in the Western Cape High Court.

Johannes de Jager has denied killing 16-year-old Charmaine Mare in Kraaifontein last year, but he has admitted to dismembering her body.

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

Escorted in chains by a police guard, de Jager is set to make a brief appearance in court this morning as the state may call up its final witness, a police forensic expert.

It's expected to be a minor issue and de Jager's lawyer is hoping the double murder accused can testify in court before the end of the week.

Key evidence was submitted in court on Tuesday, where records of cellphone conversations the 16-year-old victim had with her friends just days before she was killed were submitted.