The song and dance continued in court with the appearance of Dr Linda Liebenberg who appeared for the minister of police’s legal team.
She stated that she has done 13 000 autopsies and supervides thousands of others in her career.
She said that she projected images of Inge’s head wounds onto a screen then superimposed photos of the ornamental hammer over the wounds. She concluded that the dimensions matched.
She said that the other wounds could have been caused by the bottle-opener end or the flat side of the hammer.
But it was the last comments which seemed to destroy all her previous evidence. She said that the hammer could not be excluded as the murder weapon…but neither could the tens of thousands of other hammers in the Western Cape!
Before she even entered the witness box, Judge Anton Veldhuizen said that he did not know how much further her testimony would take the matter.
After the testimony he went on to say:
“Where does that take us?”
One has to wonder why they even bothered to put Dr Liebenberg on the stand if they knew that she would say that.
It feels to me that the state’s team does not expect to win this case, but are probably hoping that the R46-million claim for malicious prosecution will be drastically reduced.
To me it appears that not only will Fred win the case, but will also probably be rewarded close to, if not exactly what he is claiming.