Cops forced confession, says accused

2013-05-15 00:00

MURDER accused Sikhumbuzo Mkhize (33), charged with stabbing Northdale widow Venotha Ince (51) to death last April, is disputing the admissibility of a confession he allegedly made to police.

Mkhize claims he was assaulted and that the confession was not made freeely and voluntarily.

Acting Judge Piet Bezuidenhout will give his ruling on the matter today.

Mkhize has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ince and to robbing her of a handbag, cash and a Nokia cellphone.

The court has heard that the cellphone was recovered by police under a cupboard at the home of Mkhize’s girlfriend.

In a statement before court, Mkhize claimed he walked in on two men who had already stabbed Ince and were searching her bedroom. He alleges he tried to help her, but the men threatened him and he complied with their instructions out of fear.

He said they gave him the cellphone and told him to remain silent about what he had seen.

The case is proceeding.


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