Accused fiancée killer pushed into court in wheelchair

2014-08-05 00:00

A PIETERMARITZBURG man alleged to have stabbed and killed his former fiancée at the Liberty Midlands Mall was wheeled into court yesterday.

Nkululeko Ngubane (30) made his first appearance after spending 29 days in hospital following Sindiswa Mshengu’s murder.

Ngubane allegedly tried to commit suicide by throwing himself over the Armitage Road Bridge onto the N3 near the mall after Mshengu’s murder. It’s alleged that Ngubane stabbed Mshengu at the entrance of the mall on July 7.

He was brought to court in a wheelchair by a court orderly as he is still struggling to walk. People in the public gallery whispered as he was wheeled in, some feeling sorry for him.

Ngubane’s leg was in a white cast and his arm in a sling. His attorney, Simphiwe Ngwenya, told the court that he is unwell.

“He is in severe pain; his arm and leg are broken,” he said, adding that he wanted his client returned to hospital so that he could get the medical attention he required, or be kept in a police cell. Ngubane has been under police guard in hospital for the past 29 days.

It’s believed that Mshengu, a parking attendant at the mall, was killed after she ended her engagement with Ngubane.

She was allegedly stabbed twice in the neck and died at the scene.

Ngubane, in making his alleged getaway, sped to the Armitage Road bridge where he abandoned his car and hurled himself over the guard rail.

Magistrate Ntsoaki Nawonde remanded him in police custody until his formal bail application on August 14.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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