Man killed niece (7) in revenge

2010-02-24 00:00

JUDGE Wendy Hughes-Madondo is to pass sentence today on a man who admitted that he raped and then throttled his niece (7) at Drummond, Inchanga, because he had wanted to get revenge on his mother.

“Being aware that I could not hurt my mother while she was locked in her room, I resolved to hurt her by killing my niece, who was the apple of my mother’s eye,” Simphiwe Maxwell Ndlovu said in a statement to the high court in Pietermaritzburg this week.

He said that on the day — May 26 last year — he had waited at his niece’s school.

“I told my niece I was there to take her back home … Along the way I told her that I needed to rest. We left the footpath and we proceeded approximately five metres into the bush …”

Ndlovu said he sat on the ground, called his niece to him and then raped her. He stopped when he realised she was in pain and he felt “bad” about what he was doing, he said.

“I thereafter placed both my hands around the deceased’s neck and I throttled her. While throttling the deceased, I struck her head against the trunk of a nearby tree. I fled from the scene when I became aware that the deceased was dead ...”

Ndlovu said in the statement he and his mother were “often at loggerheads”.

On the day of the murder he had encountered several work colleagues who wanted to assault him because of a misunderstanding over a cellphone.

“I was informed that they had been to my home looking for me and it was alleged that my mother had told them she did not care what they did to me and that they should kill me because I was too troublesome,” he said.

He said he was assaulted, but was saved by the intervention of police.

He later confronted his mother and became enraged when she reiterated that she did not care if his workmates assaulted and killed him.

He tried to assault her but she locked herself into her room.

He then decided to hurt her by killing his niece.

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