Stabbed guard begged for his life, court told

2011-10-19 00:00

THE high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday heard evidence of how a security guard at Ideal Auto Sales was stabbed to death, despite pleading with his attackers to spare his life, in 2009.

The guard, Siphamandla Shelembe, was killed during a break-in and robbery at the dealership in Langalibalele Street on August 6, 2009.

The robbers made off with a Ford Ranger double-cab and various valuables.

Marvin Smith (23) and Sibusiso Dlamini (25) of Jika Joe informal settlement pleaded not guilty before Acting Judge Rose Mogwera to the murder, as well as to charges of housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances arising from the incident.

While both men admitted in statements to the court that they were present and participated in the events that day, they denied involvement in the stabbing.

In his statement Smith said he did not know who stabbed Shelembe to death, while Dlamini laid the blame for the stabbing on their former co-accused in the case, Mduduzi Dlamini (25), who turned state witness.

Sibusiso said in his statement he was living with Mduduzi’s family at the time of the incident because he has no parents.

He claimed Mduduzi forced him to go to Ideal Auto Sales that day by threatening to chase him out of his home if he did not do so.

He claimed Mduduzi had told him that the security guard would “allow” them to remove goods from the premises

When they got to the premises, however, the guard refused to do so.

Mduduzi produced a knife and stabbed the man several times, he alleged.

However, giving evidence for the state, Mduduzi said it was Sibusiso who carried out the stabbing on the orders of Marvin Smith (who was employed on the premises).

Smith had said that the guard had to be killed because he knew Smith and would report him to the police, Mduduzi told the court.

Mduduzi said he refused to stab the man and Smith then gave the knife to Sibusiso.

When they entered the building the security guard was asleep.

“Sibusiso went in and stabbed him while he was asleep and the guard woke up.

“He pleaded with us not to kill him and just to take the belongings, but Sibusiso stabbed him again.

“He again pleaded, saying ‘please do not kill me’.

“Sibusiso stabbed him a third time and that is when I took the knife from him,” Mduduzi testified.

He said that at that stage the guard was still alive and “crying on the floor”.

After exiting the building Smith asked if the security guard was dead and when they replied that he was not, Smith went back into the building with Sibusiso Mduduzi.

On their return Sibusiso had said he had “finished off” the guard, he alleged.

The case is proceeding.

• ingrido @witness.co.za

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