Man (21) admits killing ex-lover in fit of anger

2011-05-23 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD Pietermaritzburg man pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg high court on Friday to stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and slitting her throat outside the Laduma High School where she was a pupil on October 20, 2010.

According to a post mortem report, Samukelisiwe Nxumalo sustained 18 stab wounds in addition to her throat being cut.

Her former lover, Welcome Bongani Ndlovu, said in a statement read to High Court Judge Yvonne Mbatha and assessors on Friday that Nxumalo wanted to pursue their relationship after it ended, but he had no interest in doing so.

He said on the day in question he had agreed to meet Nxumalo outside school during the tea break to return a jacket she had left at his home while they were still lovers.

When he tried to return the jacket to her, she threw it on the ground and said she only used it as an excuse to talk to him to persuade him to resume their relationship.

“Notwithstanding my irritation at what I perceived as the deceased wasting my time, I engaged in a long conversation with her wherein I confirmed that I did not want to have a relationship with her. I concluded our conversation by telling her to leave me alone, and I turned to go. The deceased [Nxumalo] screamed at me and tried to scratch me. Infuriated by [her] behaviour I drew a knife that was in my possession and used it to stab the deceased repeatedly in the vicinity of her neck.”

Ndlovu said Nxumalo fell to the ground and because he was “still irrationally and violently angry at that stage” he used the knife to slit her throat.

When he realised what he had done, he fled from the scene.

Ndlovu said he is remorseful for what he did and prepared to take responsibility for it.

State advocate Candy Kander described the crime as “brutally cold-blooded” and said it involved extreme violence. She submitted that in the circumstances a very long sentence of imprisonment is warranted.

Ndlovu’s legal aid attorney, Ishi Khan, however urged the court to take into account that the accused is young, had shown remorse and is capable of being rehabilitated.

Judge Mbatha called for a pre-sentencing report by a social worker before she determines an appropriate sentence as she said there were a number of “gaps” she would like filled in.

“This is one of those crimes of passion; it is a very violent crime and the age of the accused are some of the issues that concern us,” she said before adjourning the case until July 1.

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