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Alleged double-murderer testifies

Cape Town man Johannes de Jager is accused of killing two teenage girls.

FILE: Johan de Jager who is accused of killing two teenage girls has taken the stand in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town man accused of killing two teenage girls on Thursday testified in his own defence.

Johannes de Jager pleaded not guilty to killing 16-year-old Charmaine Mare in 2013, but admitted to dismembering her.

He is also on trial for allegedly murdering 18-year-old Parow sex worker Hiltina Alexander about six years ago.

De Jager gave his version of events in the days leading up to Alexander's 2008 death.

He told the court he was drinking heavily at Parow pub Smugglers with an acquaintance, Johan, one Sunday evening.

The accused says at one point Johan wanted an escort and de Jager said he knew of a woman called Tina on Voortrekker Road.

The double-murder accused said he picked up Alexander and took her to Johan's flat before he passed out.

De Jager left the flat some hours later.

On the same day, Alexander's body was found dumped on the N7 highway outside Atlantis.

He claims he was nowhere near the area before and after the discovery.