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De Jager questioned about sexual advances

The double murder accused says by looking to sleep with Charmaine Mare, he didn’t mean it in a sexual way.

Johannes de Jager in court on 25 February 2014. 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 has testified he can't remember half of the recorded conversations he had with one of his alleged victims.

The 49-year-old 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.

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

Tuesday marked de Jager's seventh day on the witness stand.

In the days leading up to her death, Mare used her cellphone to record de Jager's sexual advances when they were left alone, before sending them to her friend back home in Mpumalanga.

A transcript of the recordings show Mare brushed off de Jager's advances.

But under cross-examination on Tuesday de Jager testified he cannot remember half of what happened during the recordings.

He has however been known to drink heavily.

Dodging questions by an agitated prosecutor, de Jager insisted he only touched the teenager's arm once during the recordings.

He also told the court that by looking to sleep with Mare, he didn't mean it in a sexual way at the time.