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Closing arguments expected today in PE double-murder case

Jun 3, 2015
Closing arguments expected today in PE double-murder case

The State and Defence are expected to present closing arguments on Wednesday in the case against Morne van der Linden, 29, who is accused of murdering his wife's grandmother, Catherine Stofberg, 79, and her son, Kenneth Morar, 54, in August last year.

The case was postponed on Tuesday in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

While pleading guilty to the murder charges, Van Der Linden maintains that his actions were not premeditated. He has also pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances, although he admitted to stealing Stofberg's cellphone.

Forensic pathologist, Dr Prudent Mgobo, testified on Tuesday about the injuries suffered by the deceased.

While he told the court that a hammer, which was found on the scene, was never used in both cases, he said that blunt force had caused the deaths of Stofberg and Morar.