Judge to rule on intimidation allegations | #CameronWilsonTrial

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May 17, 2017
Judge to rule on intimidation allegations | #CameronWilsonTrial

CLAIMS: Cameron Wilson

The trial within trial ended yesterday in the Cameron Wilson murder case at the Western Cape High Court.

Wilson, 20, is being tried for 15 charges including six counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, rape and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Wilson claimed he was threatened and assaulted to sign a warning statement and the admission of guilt for the murder of Stacey-Lee Mohale and attempted murder of her friend Abigail Plaatjies; and had not been read his rights.

Delivering its closing arguments, the State said Wilson was informed of all his rights and there could be no way he was assaulted or threatened as the timeline of documentation and previous testimony of the arrested officer corroborated it.

“The accused understood his rights. Why would the arresting officer only inform him of one of his rights and not all? The State denies the incident the accused says happened. There is also no way Warrant officer Jansen [the man Wilson accused to have smacked and threatened him] could have done the things mentioned if he was at Wynberg Court at the time,” the court heard.

Wilson’s lawyer, Advocate Mohamed Sibda, argued that there was no reason to doubt his client’s testimony.

“If my client was concocting a story, I feel it would be highly unlikely that he would state that he was only told to remain silent,” Sibda told the court.

“I also think that if this was a lie, he would have then exaggerated the assault and threats on the lives of his family and himself. He had no motive to lie. His version has a ring of truth to it.

“There is a fabrication of my client’s statement and it was a sinister attempt from the State as they could not recover register books from the Nyanga Police Station from 2015.

“The rights of my client were not stated to him.”

Judge Chantal Fortuin will deliver her ruling on this matter today.

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