Murder accused walks free

2013-06-05 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG murder accused Nkanyiso Ndlovu (25) walked free yesterday after being granted a discharge at the end of the state’s case.

Ndlovu’s lawyer, Eric Zaca, applied for his client to be acquitted of the murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances of David Zulu, who was attacked and stabbed to death in Prince Alfred Street on February 7 shortly after he’d solicited the services of sex-worker Nomvula Zaca.

Granting the application, acting judge Stretch said the only two witnesses called by the prosecution — Zaca and Philani Ndlovu — had contradicted one another, while the accused’s version, which was put to the witnesses, was that although the accused was present at the scene, the victim was stabbed “unexpectedly” by Lindo Khanyi who is also dead.

In the circumstances, the judge said there was no possibility that the court could convict Ndlovu unless he incriminated himself and he was therefore entitled to be discharged.

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