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De Jager murder trial continues

Johannes de Jager is on trial for murdering a teen and a sex worker.

Johannes 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 - Double murder accused Johannes de Jager on Monday admitted to the Western Cape High Court it bothered him that one of his victims slept all day instead of finding work.

The 49-year-old Cape Town man has denied killing 16 year-old Charmaine Mare in Kraaifontein last year, but has admitted to chopping up her body after she allegedly hit her head against a bath and died at the home they were staying at.

He is also accused of raping and killing an 18 year-old sex worker in 2008.

A composed de Jager on Monday told the court it bothered him Mare was sleeping during the day and not making an effort to find a job.

He claims this was the norm in the days leading up to her death in January 2013.

De Jager also revealed at one stage the 16-year-old showed him a tattoo of a heart and a girl's name near her private parts.

But according to the state, there was no mention of this tattoo in the pathologist's report after the teenager's severed and burnt torso was found in an open field.

De Jager testified that perhaps the tattoo had burnt off her body after he'd set her alight.

NEW DETAILS EMERGE

Under cross-examination de Jager claimed when he was left alone with the 16-year-old, she wore very revealing clothing.

He 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 lesbian.

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.