Husband: ‘No mercy for Hume murderer’

2009-05-28 00:00

“HE has stuffed up our family life and he now deserves the death penalty.”

These were the words of Mark Hume, husband of murdered Ballito estate agent Lynne Hume, speaking to The Witness from Bloemfontein yesterday.

Hume was reacting to the guilty verdict for his wife’s murder pronounced on IT consultant Muziwendoda “Muzi” Kunene and two co-accused.

The high court in Bloemfontein also found Kunene (46), of Ballito, and Mumukeleni Khoza (26) and Mphakamiseni Khumalo (21), both of Msinga near Greytown, guilty on a charge of kidnapping.

Hume attended the trial with his daughter, Samantha. More family members are expected to arrive in Bloemfontein today ahead of sentencing tomorrow, said Hume.

Argument in mitigation of sentence is due to be heard today.

“Court is funny because it’s all quite casual. The accused were chatting quite amicably with the cops and the press with their camera crews. But it was really tense for us because we were waiting for this verdict. Guilty, guilty, guilty. And we are happy, happy, happy. Now we want the maximum sentence. I have no compassion for him. He has stuffed up our family life. Nothing will ever be the same. But now we have to get on with our lives,” Hume said.

He was passionate about what sentence he felt Kunene should get.

“He deserves the death penalty. It was premeditated. I have heard theories on what ‘life’ imprisonment is. I thought life was forever, but it seems that it’s not.”

Judge MH Rampai, assisted by two assessors, held that the three drove with Hume (47) from Ballito to a dirt road near Kestell in the eastern Free State where she was shot in the passenger seat of her white Volvo on October 23, 2007.

Rampai found Kunene guilty of four fraud charges and robbery.

Two state witnesses, Kunene’s son Msebenziwenkosi and Noluthano Nazo, were granted indemnity from further prosecution.

Msebenziwenkosi was the fourth member of the group who kidnapped Hume.

Part of Kunene’s defence was that the police, the presidency, his son and others conspired to implicate him in the murder.

The three accused faced an additional charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances and fraud involving Hume. Kunene also faced a charge of fraud in relation to a cheque for R637 350 for three years’ rent of a flat in Simbithi Golf-Eco Estate at Salt Rock in KZN.

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