Cop found guilty of murder

2013-02-19 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL policewoman Hlengiwe Mkhize (31) was found guilty yesterday of murder in connection with the shooting of motorist Mlindeli Clement Ngcobo (18), after a collision on the Bulwer main road on July 7, 2012.

Acting high court Judge Sthembisa Maphumulo rejected Mkhize’s version that she had feared she was being hijacked when the incident took place.

She said “human experience” showed that Ngcobo’s actions were not what one would expect in a hijacking situation.

She also rejected Mkhize’s claims that she had heard “what sounded like a gunshot” just before the shooting, or that the second shot she had fired had accidentally hit Ngcobo as he was driving away in his vehicle.

She found Mkhize fired the shots at Ngcobo in anger and was reckless as to the consequences.

The court heard from witnesses that the shooting occurred after Ngcobo’s car drove into the back of Mkhize’s vehicle.

Ngcobo and Mkhize both alighted and after a conversation, Ngcobo returned to his car and told the other occupants that he was going to a police station where they would make statements. As he drove away Mkhize fired two shots, one of which struck him.

Mkhize was stationed at Wartburg police station at the time of the shooting. The incident happened while she was off duty.

The judge granted defence attorney Surendra Singh an opportunity to obtain a probation officer’s report before sentencing and postponed the case until March 1 for that purpose.

The judge extended Mkhize’s R1 000 bail until then, saying she had attended her trial on every occasion to date.

Ngcobo’s father, Abel Ngcobo, told The Witness he was still “very, very sad” about his son’s death and said he was happy that Mkhize had been convicted.

“I will wait for March 1 for the sentence,” he added.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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