Pensioner’s killer gets 20 years

2011-08-17 00:00

A 21-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to an effective 20 years’ imprisonment yesterday for his part in two housebreakings and robberies in the Port Shepstone area during which a 65-year-old pensioner was stabbed to death and robbed of her cellphone.

The incidents happened on the night of January 10 last year.

The murder victim, Victoria Malevu, suffered at least six stab wounds.

In his guilty plea before Judge Anton van Zyl and assessors, the accused, Mazwi Hlongwa of the Nyavini area, said he stabbed her only once with a sharpened steel rod in his possession in order to “scare her to take out more money”.

He said because it was dark he could not see “what anyone else did to her”.

Defence advocate Jan du Plessis submitted that Hlongwa had not had a direct intention to kill the victim.

Hlongwa told the court he was walking home from a tavern when he met his four co-perpetrators.

He said they asked him to accompany him. All wore balaclavas and they provided him with a scarf to disguise his face.

They also gave him a 45 cm iron rod that had been sharpened.

He saw that all of them had weapons. The co-perpetrators said that they knew they could get money at certain premises.

Hlongwa said they had found Malevu’s door slightly ajar and pushed it open. She was alone in the room and they had demanded money from her. She said there was no money and produced a cellphone.

After taking it they left the room and took her with them, still demanding money from her.

Hlongwa said he stabbed her once in her left side of the body to scare her into taking out more money.

They then proceeded to the house of Mantombi Khumalo, where they also stole various items.

Hlongwa said he held a young boy down on the bed in one room while his companions went to another room to obtain valuables.

He was later shown some money and a cellphone that one of the others had obtained.

“My co-perpetrators apparently knew that the pensioners had been paid out their pension and that was why he [Khumalo] was targeted,” he said.

Hlongwa said he was remorseful, had been “led into temptation” by his co-perpetrators, and was prepared to testify against them.

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