De Jager trial: New details revealed

On his sixth day on the stand de Jager maintains he did not kill 16-year-old Charmaine Mare.

Johannes de Jager in court on 25 February 2014. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It's double murder accused Johannes De Jager's sixth day on the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court.

The 49-year-old Cape Town man has pleaded not guilty to killing Mpumalanga teen Charmaine Mare in Kraaifontein last year, but has admitted to chopping up her body after she allegedly hit her head against a bath and lost consciousness.

De Jager is also on trial for the 2008 murder of a young sex worker, Hiltina Alexander.

Under cross examination, Johannes de Jager claims when he was left alone with 16-year-old Mare last year, she wore very revealing clothing.

De Jager said he only looked at her and didn't tell her to put on other clothing.

In the days before her death, de Jager claims Mare revealed to him she was a lesbian after showing him a discreet tattoo.

He also said he arranged a job for her and when she failed to wake up on time one morning, he got angry.


Last week de Jager testified Mare had died after she hit her head against the bath and he panicked before hiding her body in a drain.

Prosecutor Romay van Rooyen has also accused de Jager of lying to the court and making up the character of "Johan" to distance himself from Alexander's murder.

De Jager claims he picked up Alexander in Voortrekker Road in Parow in 2008 before taking her to Johan for them to have sex in the early hours of the morning.

Later that same day the 18-year-old's body was found outside Atlantis.

Van Rooyen put it to de Jager that he forgot certain details about his version of events about what happened the night with "Johan", to which he answered "it's normal to forget things".

De Jager had been drinking heavily that evening.