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A steamy love affair between a female Pick n Pay employee and an alleged robber had lasted only a few months and ended long before the Jeppestown shootout, the Johannesburg high court heard yesterday.
Mary Maleke, accused number one, told the court that she had an affair with Senzo Mweli, accused number two, but that the relationship had ended in 2005 because he was abusive.
She said Mweli used to beat her up and accuse her of cheating. She said she was no longer in love with him when the June 2006 robbery at Pick n Pay in Honeydew occurred.
"A day after we were arrested, I was sitting inside my cell when a prisoner who was busy cleaning corridors passed me a note.
"It was from Mweli, and contained everything he wanted me to say in my confession.
"He said he would beat me up if I did not do as I was told. I was really scared of him, so I followed his instructions."
She said Mweli told her what to say during her confession at the Roodepoort magistrate's court, a day after her arrest in September 2006.
But Mweli, 29, later told the court that Maleke was a liar.
"We are still together, she is my girlfriend as we speak," Mweli said.
"I don't know anything about a note. Where would I have found a pen and paper in a prison cell? You get searched when you are arrested.
"We met in 2006, and I have never touched her because I don't beat women. In 2004 I was not even living in Gauteng."
Both trialists want their confessions thrown out of court. Maleke claims it was intimidation and threats from Mweli that led her to confess.
Mweli claims police assaulted him.