State argues for conviction in attack on Richmond couple

2011-09-22 00:00

STATE advocate Dheelan Naidoo has urged the high court in Pietermaritzburg to convict two men on charges of housebreaking, robbery with aggravating circumstances and the attempted murder of a Richmond farming couple, Anthony (67) and Caroline Morris (65).

Judge Esther Steyn will deliver judgment on Bhani Dlamini (25) and Skhumbuzo Sithole (23) on September 29.

The Morris couple described in their evidence how they were brutally attacked while they lay in their bed on Maywood farm during the early hours of November 29, 2009. The intruders gained entry by breaking a window.

The court was told that Anthony Morris was stabbed 10 times in the neck, chest, head and back and both his lungs were pierced.

Caroline Morris suffered a fractured skull and was stabbed in her finger, hand and upper arm. She has been left with permanent disability of one eye and memory loss.

Naidoo submitted that evidence given by an accomplice, Bongumusa Mbanjwa, implicating both accused, is honest and reliable.

He said Mbanjwa had nothing to lose as he has already been convicted and sentenced and the defence has not given any reasons why he would falsely implicate the two accused in the crimes.

He said Mbanjwa’s testimony is supported by a confession to a magistrate by Sithole, which was ruled admissible.

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