Murderer apologises for lying

2013-05-17 00:00

SHORTLY after a judge pronounced him guilty of the murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances of Northdale widow Venotha Ince yesterday, the killer decided to “come clean” and confessed his guilt.

Sikhumbuzo Mkhize (33) told Acting Judge Piet Bezuidenhout that he’d been “misled by others” who had advised him to dispute everything so that he could be released.

“I would like to apologise to the family of the deceased and I apologise to the court for lying,” he said.

Mkhize said the version he gave in his confession to police was in fact what had happened that day.

In the statement he said he’d been “called” on the day in question — April 25 last year — by two men, Themba and Rasta, who were doing tiling work at Ince’s Egret Road home.

Rasta told him Ince had a lot of cash and “planning took place” to rob her, he said. Rasta had stabbed Ince several times while he and Themba held her legs. After taking her bag and cellphone, Themba used a remote control to open the gate and they fled.

Asked by state advocate Humphrey Ngcobo why he took part in the robbery and murder, Mkhize said the only reason was that he was “tempted” by his friends.

Mkhize’s attorney, Ishi Khan,urged the court to take into account that he is a first offender and can be rehabilitated. He said Mkhize worked for his former employer, Verandera Ramkilowan, for 11 years and Ramkilowan had trusted him.

He said the fact that Mkhize had decided to come clean and apologise, “albeit rather late”, showed he was prepared to take responsibility for his actions.

Ngcobo submitted, however, that the court had to consider the seriousness of the crimes, which were prevalent.

Ince had been attacked in her home, where she ought to have felt safe, and the post mortem revealed she was stabbed some 14 times.

“They preyed on her knowing she lived alone. The motive was greed,” he said.

The judge will sentence Mkhize today.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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