End of road for killer

2013-09-23 00:00

CONVICTED killer Mumtaz Osman accepts that her confession in respect of the 2006 murder of Monika Manilall in Howick was made too late to save her from her sentence of life imprisonment.

Her only wish now was to be “freed by the truth”, her brother Aziz Rashid told The Witness recently.

Osman confessed her role in Manilall’s murder to The Witness late last month during an interview at Westville Prison. Last week she met with state advocate Attie Truter at the Director of Public Prosecution’s offices at the Pietermaritzburg high court.

She was accompanied by her mother, Yasmin Rashid, and two brothers, Aziz and Althaf, as well as two officials from the Department of Correctional Services.

Aziz Rashid said Truter had explained to Osman that she’d “reached the end of the road” having exhausted her legal remedies of appeal.

He also advised her that good behaviour in prison and repentance could influence any future parole application by her.

“She is okay … she accepts it [her fate]. She didn’t hope for more,” he said.

Rashid said his sister regrets not revealing the truth when she stood trial with hitman Viktor Mbatha and her husband Sunesh Manilall, whom she has now fingered as the “mastermind” behind his late wife’s murder on February 3, 2006.

He said Osman had offered Truter copies of letters in her possession that were sent to her by Sunesh Manilall, allegedly warning her among other things to “keep quiet” about the murder. However, Truter could not accept them as they cannot be used in any future legal proceedings.

Manilall is set to appeal his conviction and life sentence for his part in Monika Manilall’s murder on July 28 next year. However, the appeal court can only consider the evidence that was presented at the trial.

Manilall is on bail pending the appeal.

His lawyers told The Witness when Osman made her confession that he “strongly denies” her allegations regarding the murder, but would not comment further pending the outcome of his appeal.

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