Pair tell how they murdered couple

2010-07-27 00:00

DESCRIPTIONS of how Martha and Allan O’Neale were murdered at their Merrivale home last June, and their bodies were driven to a forest in their own vehicles, covered with blankets and branches and set alight, were detailed in statements accompanying pointings-out made to police by two men arrested for the crimes.

Murder accused Boy-Boy Alfred Ntuli (23), a former gardener living on the O’Neales’ property, told Lieutenant Colonel C. Landman that his alleged accomplice, whom he named as Mndeni, had killed the woman and later “throttled the white man with his hands and thereafter broke his neck/twisted his head”.

He said he was in his room when he had a call from Mndeni telling him to come to the house where the victims stayed, and found the “white woman lying on the floor with her face down and her arms tied to her body and a cord around her neck”.

His co-accused, Bhekumndeni Andrias Mkhize (24), said in admissions made to another officer that “Boyi-Boyi” and he gained entry to the house after “Boyi-Boyi” removed putty from a window, entered and unlocked the door for him.

He told Captain Piet van Zanten that “Boyi-Boyi” had carried a bag with gloves and a mask.

“We went to the house together to tie the people with a string or rope”.

Mkhize said when the woman entered the house he caught her and closed her mouth with his hand while “Boyi-Boyi” tied her hands and feet with rope.

The victim had given them her bank card pin number.

He said that at one stage the woman, “bit Boyi-Boyi’s finger and she started screaming”.

“Boyi-Boyi” told him to turn up the radio, and on his return he found the woman lying dead on the floor.

“I tried to wake her, she was not moving any more. I went to the kitchen where Boyi-Boyi was and asked him why he killed the woman. He said I must not ask him any questions because I will be next,” he said.

Mkhize told Van Zanten that they placed the body of the woman behind the bed and then waited for the man to arrive.

“Boyi-Boyi was tougher than me. He took him down and asked him for the pin numbers. I wrote the pin numbers on the same paper. I tied him.

“By the time I was going to turn up the radio so that the neighbours cannot hear the scream, I found Boyi-Boyi with his knee on the man’s back and pulling the head towards him. I was so scared to stop him, but he broke his neck.”

The defence did not dispute that the two accused made the pointings-out and the recorded admissions have been admitted into evidence at their trial before Acting Judge Z P Nkosi.

The case is proceeding.

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