Howick axe killing: state opposes bail for accused wife

2011-11-02 00:00

A 44-YEAR-OLD woman charged with the murder of her husband made a brief appearance at the Howick Magistrate Court yesterday and was remanded in custody for seven days for a formal bail application.

Nonhlanhla Vilakazi-Mokoena, from Howick West, is accused of killing Michael Tankiso Mokoena on October 22.

The state alleges that she used an axe when committing the crime. The couple were in their house during the night of October 22 with their two sons aged six and four.

It is alleged that she bashed him with an axe, dragged the body out of the house, and placed him outside. She undressed him and washed the blood off the clothes he was wearing.

In the early hours of Sunday, October 23, neighbours noticed the body of Mokoena next to the house and notified Vilakazi and police were called.

At that time they suspected that he had been attacked by the thugs, but on Friday last week police arrested Vilakazi after they received information that she was behind the murder.

It is alleged that on the Sunday she asked her sister to throw Mokoena’s clothes and the axe into the river. The sister was apparently not aware of what was contained in the parcel she was asked to dump.

The axe was recovered along with the clothes.

The state is opposing bail and the accused’s legal aid attorney was not ready to apply for bail. The woman was remanded in custody until November 8.

Family member David Mokoena said they are against her being released on bail, adding that she should be kept in custody until she is sentenced.

He added that the case has caused a lot of confusion among the two children, who have started to ask questions about the whereabouts of both their father and mother.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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