Sayed’s DNA on Nombuso

2009-11-21 00:00

THE DNA of murder and rape accused Faizel Mohamed Sayed (35) was found on a blouse worn by nineyear-old Nombuso Nhlangulela of Howick when she died, the high court in Pietermaritzburg was told yesterday.

Superintendent Michelle Thompson, of the SAPS forensic science la­boratory in Pretoria, told Acting Judge Ben van Heerden and two assessors that an analysis of the DNA contained in semen found on the back of the blouse, revealed that it positively matched the DNA in a blood sample taken from Sayed by police.

She said the chance of anyone else having the same DNA was one in 503 trillion, far greater than the world population.

The court has been handed photographs of Nombuso’s body in which she is wearing the blouse.

Sayed has pleaded not guilty to 29 charges, including the murder of Nombuso, of whom he denied all knowledge.

The child vanished from a school in Howick on February 28 last year, while waiting for her older siblings.

Her body was discovered four days later on Monday, March 3, under a tree not far from the Pick n Pay supermarket in the village.

The court has heard evidence that two plastic bags had been pulled over her head, a grey sock was stuffed into her mouth and another tied around her mouth. Her hands were tied to a tree and her feet were tightly bound with what appeared to be bandaging or curtain material.

Scuff marks in the soil around her feet indicated she struggled with her killer.

The state alleges Nombuso was raped twice. During the postmortem examination, a used condom and a candle were retrieved from inside her vagina.

The case is proceeding.

SAYED is also charged with raping nine other women and teenagers aged between 13 and 21, in the Pietermaritzburg area from April 26 to June 21 last year.

Sayed claims he had consensual sex with all but one of the alleged rape victims.

A 16-year-old testified yesterday that she was in Pieterma­ritzburg with her older sister on April 28 last year when they were approached by Sayed, who offered them jobs.

The girl said Sayed told her sister to wait outside a shop for his brother, but said she should go with him as she was going to work for his sister.

She said she walked with Sayed past Forest Hills school and into the forest. She became uneasy and ran, but Sayed caught her and punched her in the stomach.

The teen said Sayed told her to show him her breasts and when she refused he picked up a stone and hit her in the face. She then pulled up her dress.

“He instructed me to lie down and I did so. He then raped me,” she said. The teenager said Sayed raped her twice. The second time, she “agreed” because she was scared.

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