Robbers ‘raped corpse’

2009-10-22 00:00

ONE of three men on trial for the gruesome murder of a Georgedale (Hammarsdale) couple, as well as the robbery and rape of the woman with a candlestick and broom handle, has turned state witness in the trial that started in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Bongumusa Mdlalose (24) is on the witness stand giving evidence for the prosecution against his former co-accused, Sibongiseni Buthelezi (24) and Brian Buthelezi (21), in connection with the murder and robbery of husband and wife Unathi Dyantyi and Thopholozi Ngcobo-Dladla.

The accused also face a charge of raping Dladla with a candlestick and broom handle or alternatively performing an “act of sexual penetration on a human corpse”.

Sibongiseni Buthelezi pleaded guilty to the murders, robbery and the alternative sexual offence yesterday, but the state declined to accept the facts as outlined by him in his plea explanation and elected to lead evidence.

At the start of the proceedings, state advocate Denardo MacDonald withdrew charges against Mdlalose and told Judge Leona Theron and assessors that he would instead testify for the state.

The state alleges that Dyantyi died as a result of a “blunt force injury to his head and penetrating [stab] wounds to the neck”

Dladla died of penetrating wounds to both her lungs, oesophagus, trachea and “penetrating vaginal injury”.

In his plea, Sibongiseni Buthelezi admitted that he and others were at a shebeen with Dyantyi on October 10 last year and realised that he “might have money”. They decided to rob him and realised that they might have to use force and violence to do so.

He said they followed him when he left for home and stopped and searched him, but found no money.

They then demanded that he take them to his home and give them money.

They assaulted him with “open hands and booted feet”.

At the house a woman opened the door. When Dyantyi was again assaulted Buthelezi put his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.

His companions continued to assault Dyantyi, who was then also stabbed. “I took Thopholozi to where he was lying … I saw he was dead,” he said.

Buthelezi said the woman was taken to the other side of the house and also assaulted with open hands and booted feet and was stabbed repeatedly by three of them (including himself) in turn.

He then realised she was dead. He said afterwards his two companions — whom he identified as Sibonelo Kwela and Dumisani Gwala — carried out the sexual assault on her body, he said.

Before leaving the house they took an electric kettle, iron and groceries, among other items.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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