‘Killer dad’: magistrate slams slow progress

2012-06-29 07:16

The case involving police officer and murder accused Simo Mgobhozi (39) – charged with killing his 14-year-old pregnant daughter – is likely to finally see some movement after the magistrate objected to the slow pace at which the case has progressed.

The defence has claimed that the state does not have its house in order.

Mgobhozi made his eighth appearance at the Umlazi Magistrates Court yesterday.

He is accused of shooting repeatedly and killing his daughter, Nontobeko Zandile Mgobhozi on March 1 while out on bail on charges of raping the girl.

Mgobhozi was refused bail in April.

However, both the rape case, which is heard separately at the Durban Magistrates Court, and the murder case, have seen numerous remands on the basis of further investigation on account of the outstanding DNA results.

Mgobhozi was released on bail by the Durban Magistrates Court while Nontobeko, who was nine months pregnant at the time of her death, waited to give birth.

DNA testing would have been done to ascertain if Mgobhozi did in fact father the child. But when Nontobeko was murdered, the foetus of the unborn baby was sent to Pretoria for testing instead.

Yesterday, the magistrate refused to remand the case on account of further investigation since the previous remand was supposed to be the final remand for this purpose.

Jumping at the opportunity, Mgobhozi’s lawyer, Andile Dakela, said his client was being prejudiced by the delays.

“It is clear that the state does not have its house in order. The remands all stem from the fact that nothing has been done by the state,” said Dakela.

The case has been remanded to July 27 for the director of public prosecutions’ decision.

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