'She aborted my baby’

2014-12-05 00:00

THE man who stabbed his fiancée at ­Liberty Mall and jumped off a bridge onto the N3 says he did this because she told him she had aborted their baby.

Sindisiwe Charity Mshengu was a ­security guard and Nkululeko Ngubane worked as a sales assistant at a men’s clothing store at the mall at the time of the incident, on July 7.

Ngubane wept continuously when he appeared before Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati and an assessor in the Pietermaritzburg High Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to Mshengu’s murder.

He is still on crutches and cannot walk unaided after suffering multiple broken and dislocated bones from throwing ­himself off a bridge onto the N3 after the stabbing.

At the request of his attorney, Ishi Khan, Ngubane was given special permission to be seated in a chair as he could not fit ­comfortably in the accused’s dock.

He sat in court, his head bowed, sniffing and his face contorted as tears flowed down his cheeks.

In his plea, he said Mshengu was his ­fiancée, but they had been experiencing problems in their relationship for about a month before her death “stemming from her infidelity”.

On the day of her murder, they had a “bitter argument” and she told him that the miscarriage she had suffered in 2013 was “actually a voluntary abortion” as she didn’t want to have any children with him.

“I was hurt and angered by her ­disclosure, and I decided to cause her pain in return.”

Ngubane said he went to Royal Smokers in the mall and bought a knife to stab Mshengu with. He confronted her again and after a heated exchange of words, stabbed her several times.

“The deceased fell to the ground, ­bleeding, and I fled from the scene without establishing the full extent of her injuries.

“Overcome by the enormity of what I had done, I tried to commit suicide by throwing myself off a bridge onto the N3 freeway.”

Ngubane said he found out after his ­arrest that Mshengu died of the stab wounds he had inflicted in her neck. He added that he was remorseful for killing Mshengu, and is prepared to take responsibility for what he did. He asked the court to show him mercy when passing sentence.

As Judge Poyo-Dlwati started to hand down a guilty verdict, a loud wail erupted in the public gallery.

A short while later, Ngubane’s sobbing mother embraced her son before he was led away to the court cells to await sentencing, which was postponed until Monday.

The judge said the adjournment would give Ngubane a chance to recover and ­consult with Khan. It would also give state advocate Candy Kander an opportunity to consult with Mshengu’s family before making submissions about what a suitable sentence would be.

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