I saw killer eat victim’s heart, cop testifies

2015-02-03 13:55

Andrew Chimboza cupped the heart of his ex-client’s lover and ate it, a police officer told the Western Cape High Court today.

Constable Mlungisi Landule said he was the first to arrive at the house in Gugulethu, Cape Town, in June last year to arrest the 35-year-old Zimbabwean.

“The door was opened and as I entered this room, I came across the accused, as he was sitting here, and he was eating raw meat. He was on his knees.”

The police officer was testifying as a state witness in aggravation of sentence.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Sibiya asked the police officer to demonstrate how he ate the heart. The constable cupped his hands and moved them towards his mouth.

He said Chimboza was drenched in blood from the face down.

“I then instructed him to stop eating this raw meat and I told him to lie down and he did as I instructed him. I went into the room, and as I went past him, I saw a knife and fork there lying on the ground.”

Pieces of raw meat were lying next to the cutlery.

Landule walked into the bedroom and found 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona on the floor. There were cuts on his head and the body was shrouded in clothes, which Landule removed.

“I pulled up the deceased’s shirt that he was wearing and I observed that he had a hole on his left side. That is when I saw that the heart was removed.”

Chimboza yesterday pleaded guilty to the murder as part of a plea agreement.

He stated in his plea explanation that he stabbed Manona to death after a disagreement.

In the explanation, Chimboza admitted to killing Manona after he accused him of sleeping with his girlfriend and attacked him in a jealous rage.

Chimboza alleged that Manona attacked him with a knife and he responded by kicking him in the groin, stabbing him in the neck with a fork and then repeatedly stabbing him in the neck, chest, and abdomen with a knife.

The officer said that after seeing the body, he went back to Chimboza and found him still eating the meat, instead of lying down as instructed.

He was arrested and the scene was handed over to detectives. Mortuary officials handled the body and pieces of meat.

The court heard that Chimboza had one previous conviction, on March 31 2011. He was convicted of assault and paid a R150 admission of guilt fine.

The defence indicated that it would not call any witnesses in mitigation of sentence.

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