De Jager trial hits a few snags

The 49-year-old man is on trial for the murder of two teenage girls.

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

CAPE TOWN - The trial of double murder accused Johannes de Jager has hit a few snags.

The 49-year-old Cape Town man is on trial for the murder of two teenage girls.

De Jager denies 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.

It's de Jager's seventh day on the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court.

Proceedings got off to a slow start on Tuesday morning when the Afrikaans translator was asked to help in another courtroom.

Eventually, the judge ordered the matter get underway without the translator, who later returned.

Then transcripts of audio recordings of a victim and de Jager were read out in court, but one of the sentences wasn't transcribed properly.

Mare had made a voice recording of her and de Jager one night when he started making sexual advances.

She sent the recordings to a friend in Mpumalanga in the days before her death in January 2013.

Yet again, proceedings had to be stopped until after lunch.

The same translator has battled with some Afrikaans words in the past.