Dental problems eat into court’s time as Meghan Cremer murder trial postponed


Jeremy Sias with defence advocate Bashier Sibda.

  • Murder accused Jeremy Sias’ fingerprints were not found in the cottage of Meghan Cremer, who he is accused of killing.
  • The accused was expected to testify on Tuesday.
  • The case was postponed to next week to allow the accused to see a dentist.

None of Jeremy Sias’ fingerprints were found in the cottage of murdered Meghan Cremer, the Western Cape High Court heard on Tuesday.

A fingerprint analysis was handed in to the court before the case was postponed to allow the accused to go to the dentist.

Defence advocate Bashier Sibda told the court his client had a scheduled appointment with a dentist, which was communicated to him at the last minute before the proceedings started.

Sias has been struggling with dental issues for weeks. His trial was previously disrupted to allow him to have treatment for an abscess before three of his six rotten teeth were extracted. The remaining three were scheduled to be removed on Tuesday.

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“My client is anxious to get the trial done,” Sibda told Baartman as he lamented Pollsmoor Prison’s “inability to attend to the prisoners”.

“He is not my only client who is suffering with dental [problems]. How do you concentrate on your trial when you are sitting in pain?”.

Judge Elizabeth Baartman agreed, saying an accused should not appear in court in such a state.

Meghan Cremer.

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“It should not have been allowed to fester into an abscess. It’s disgusting,” she commented.

“It’s a basic human right. We are not talking about a luxury, like caviar in prison. We are talking basic human rights.”

Sibda had planned to close his case by the end of the week.

Baartman postponed the proceedings until next week to give the accused time to recover.

The defence was expected to start with its case on Tuesday and Sias was expected to testify.

He pleaded not guilty to murder and claimed he found Cremer’s body in the boot of the car after he took it for a joyride on 3 August 2019.

He said he had discovered the vehicle at Vaderlandsche Rietvlei Farm, where he was employed as a general worker. Cremer lived in one of the cottages there.

He had disposed of her remains among bushes in Olieboom Road. According to him, he feared he would be accused of killing her.

A blue ribbon was used to strangle Cremer.


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