In this section you will find a selection of High Court judgments from criminal trials I was involved in as an expert witness, or other interesting cases.
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This is the 2017 sentence appeal by the prosecution in respect of the 6 year sentence handed down by the trial court. The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein amended the sentence to one of 13 years and 5 months, based on the murder dolus eventualis conviction handed down on the earlier verdict appeal.
This is the typed High Court judgment in the Westonaria Serial Murder trial of Jack Mogale. Dr Gérard Labuschagne testified during the trial on linkage analysis evidence, indicating which cases he felt were the work of one offender. This evidence was in turn used by the Judge, along with other evidence, to convict the accused of the cases where physical evidence or eyewitness evidence was lacking.
This is the typed High Court judgment and sentence in the Quarry Murder Series. Dr Gérard Labuschagne was the head of the task team that investigated and arrested the offender Richard Nyauza. At Nyauza’s trial Dr Gérard Labuschagne testified regarding case linkage, linking one offender to the various crimes in the series.
This is the typed Cape High Court Judgment in the application by Media24 to live stream the trial of Henri van Breda who was accused of the murder of his parents and brother, and the attempted murder of his sister. Professor Labuschagne was a witness testifying about the pros and cons of broadcasting a trial, based on his experience in the Oscar Pistorius trial. Media24 was successful in its application.
This is the typed High Court appeal verdict in State versus Mogoramedi. Mogoramedi was a traditional healer who lured and murdered his sister and then removed her genitals for ‘muti’ purposes. He pled guilty to the offence but appealed his life imprisonment sentence. In this appeal the appeal Judges refer to writings of Dr Gérard Labuschagne. The appeal was unsuccessful.
This is the typed High Court judgment and sentence in the Newcastle Murder Series, State versus Sukude. Sukude was convicted for the murder of four men, and rape of two women. During the trial Dr Gérard Labuschagne testified regarding case linkage, linking one offender to the various crimes in the series.