Stolen baby: court refuses bail for third accused in murder case

2011-11-03 00:00

A CO-ACCUSED of two women who were jailed for 15 and 20 years respectively in the Durban High Court earlier this week after admitting they had killed a young relative in order to steal her month-old baby, was refused bail by Pietermaritzburg magistrate Linda Lewis yesterday.

Giving judgment in the bail application by Lindokuhle Ndlovu (24), Lewis said the court was again “amazed at the brutality of some people”.

She was commenting on the facts of the case, which were detailed in evidence by Warrant Officer Sipho Bhengu.

Lewis said the only factor raised by the defence as an “exceptional circumstance” favouring Ndlovu’s release on bail was that he was due to start writing exams on November 4.

However, he had not even produced documentation in support of this contention.

Having regard to all the evidence and to the brutality of the offence, she did not consider it sufficient reason to grant him bail, she said.

State prosecutor Rene Padayachee submitted earlier that the state has an “overwhelming” case against Ndlovu and referred the court to the high court guilty pleas by Busisiwe Lucia Khoza (59) and Thamsanqa Prudence Khoza (24) in which they admitted killing Nombuso Khoza (18) on June 29 and throwing her body into a pit toilet in the Esigodini area.

The motive for the murder was to take the victim’s baby which Thamsanqa planned to raise as her own.

The women alleged that they had planned the murder together with Ndlovu, who was the father of the baby.

According to their statements, Ndlovu was responsible for throttling the victim to death.

His trial has now been postponed to November 30 for a decision by the director of public prosecutions.

• ingrido@witness.co.za

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