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De Jager trial: audio recording in focus

A recording taken by Charmaine Mare reveals more details surrounding her alleged murder.

FILE: Johannes de Jager in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A transcript of audio recordings taken by a teenage girl, allegedly murdered by Johannes de Jager, has taken centre stage in the Western Cape High Court.

The 49-year-old Cape Town man denies killing Mpumalanga teen Charmaine Mare.

But he has admitted to chopping up her body after she allegedly hit her head against a bath and died at the house where they were staying.

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

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

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

A transcript was read out in court of Mare saying "Why does the uncle want to sleep with me?" to which he answered, "Why not?"

De Jager admits he was drunk at the time.

But there's now confusion over a part of the recording that was transcribed and court has been adjourned until after lunch to sort the issue out.

D e Jager on Monday admitted to the court it bothered him that one of his victims slept all day instead of finding work.