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De Jager's case resumes on Monday

Johannes de Jager pleaded not guilty to killing 16-year-old Charmaine Mare in 2013.

FILE: Johannes de Jager pleaded not guilty to killing 16-year-old Charmaine Mare in 2013. Picture: Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town man accused of killing two girls, will resume his testimony in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

Johannes de Jager has denied killing 16 year-old Charmaine Mare last year, but has admitted to chopping up her body after she allegedly hit her head against a bath and lost consciousness.

The testimony of the 48-year-old De Jager, mostly in Afrikaans, lasted more than four hours on Thursday.

At times the judge had to ask him to answer the questions more slowly even though an interpreter was there to help.

De Jager testified that he was meant to go on a cruise with his son, girlfriend and his daughter last year, but he couldn't as his daughter's friend, Mare, came to stay with them.

The family left for the cruise while De Jager stayed behind with Mare.

It was initially thought Mare came down on a holiday, but De Jager claims she came to stay for good and that he tried to help her find a job in Cape Town.

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