Double murder accused Levonna Jacobs will know her fate later this month when the Cape High Court will deliver judgment in the matter.
On Monday, Jacobs listened intently to closing arguments during her marathon case, which also saw her escape from the law.
After being on the run for three months, she was captured in February.
The State indicated her versions of events were “pathetic” and contended that she had carefully planned to murder her aunt, Virna Jacobs, and cousin, Rowena Jacobs.
The State set out to prove that Jacobs suffocated the two women to death using a plastic bag and towel, and then buried them in their own backyard in Sering Street, Delft-South.
Suspicious family members and police dug up the women’s bodies on December 8, 2015.
A pathologist testified the women had possibly been dead for about two months and that Virna was probably buried alive.
It’s alleged Jacobs killed them to gain ownership of the house, which previously belonged to her uncle and Virna’s husband, Donavan Jacobs.
Donovan was murdered in March 2015.
Witnesses testified that Jacobs told them Virna had left for Namaqualand for news of her husband’s inheritance while Rowena, a mom of two, left for better work prospects in Malmesbury. She even rented out their home.
Yesterday, State prosecutor Carine Theunissen said Jacobs was guilty: “She could not keep track of the lies she told. Her evidence, for lack of a better word, was pathetic. This was premeditated, planned.”
She said Jacobs had kidnapped Rowena in front of people and had a state witness, Clive Geduld, dig the grave.
Theunissen said Jacobs had defeated the ends of justice by pretending to be Virna in a cellphone text message, misleading relatives.
But Jacobs’ lawyer Advocate Johannes Solomons insists his client is innocent of murder.
Instead, Jacobs would concede to the charge of assault, in that she did beat up Rowena, and will admit that she committed forgery by pretending to be the dead women while filling out affidavits at a cop shop.
Judgment is set for April 30.