Griekwastad accused claims money missing from safe


Marine Jacobs

Kimberley. – The boy who stands accused of the Griekwastad triple farm murder claims cash to the amount of R80 000 was missing from the Steenkamp family’s safe after the murders.

This was heard today during the trial of the 16-year-old who stands accused of the murders of Deon, Christel and Marthella Steenkamp on their farm Naauwhoek in April last year. One of Deon’s sisters, Elbeth Vermaak, was called as a state witness today.
Vermaak told the court that a bag of cash as well as the wallet of the deceased was handed over to the family the day after the murders.

She said while she was counting the money in the bag, the boy claimed there was R80 000 in the safe in the house that is now missing.

During cross examination, Sharon Erasmus for the defense, asked Vermaak if it was true that she received rent money from Deon when he was still alive.

Vermaak seemed confused and said she never received any payment from Deon. Erasmus also hammered Vermaak on her written and verbal testimonies. Vermaak said although she was unsure of some facts, she had clearly stated this to the court.