Drunk murder: boyfriend gets 18 years

2014-06-30 00:00

A FARMWORKER from northern KwaZulu-Natal who had stabbed his girlfriend to death during an argument, after they had been drinking, and later dismembered her body, has been sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment, of which eight years was suspended.

Passing sentence on Zakhele Raymond Nkosi (38) on Friday, Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati said the court took into account the fact that alcohol played a role in his crimes, as well as the fact that he pleaded guilty and showed remorse for his actions.

Nkosi said in a statement to the court earlier this year that he and his girlfriend, Sibongile Nzama, had argued over money after they started drinking alcohol on May 3.

A fight broke out during which they grabbed, hit and punched one another.

He then grabbed a knife from the cupboard and stabbed her with it.

He said he had covered her with a blanket and went away hoping she would “wake up”.

When he returned and realised she was dead, he had dismembered the body.

He cut off the legs and concealed them in a neighbour’s pit toilet. He placed the rest of the body into a bag and left it under the bed, intending to bury it later.

Two days later he told his mother and brother what he had done, and acting on his mother’s advice he surrendered himself to the police.

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