The ‘hitman’ who hesitated

2011-01-19 00:00

A MAN alleged in evidence in the regional court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday that he was hired by local man Nireshan Sokalingam (31) in August 2009 to murder his wife, Kamal, and make it “look like” a robbery and rape.

The alleged would-be “hitman”, Delani Ngubo, said that a day before he was due to carry out the deed he had an attack of conscience and instead alerted the police.

However, it was suggested to him during cross-examination by defence advocate Shane Matthews that Ngubo went to the police after failing in a bid to extort money from Sokalingam.

Matthews said Sokalingam will deny that he conspired to murder his wife.

He alleges that after meeting Ngubo, he told him he was separated from his wife and that she had taken out a protection order against him.

It was then that Ngubo suggested killing her, but Sokalingam merely laughed, Matthews said.

Subsequently, Ngubo attempted to extort money from Sokalingam by threatening to go to the police with the story that Sokalingam had hired him to kill his wife, said Matthews.

Ngubo denied this.

In his testimony Ngubo said he first met Sokalingam around May or June 2008.Sokalingam later called to ask him if he could find someone to carry out a killing, but did not mention a name.

Ngubo said he did not hear from Sokalingam again until August 2009, when Sokalingam contacted him and arranged to meet him at his home in Mpophomeni.

An agreement was reached in terms of which he was to kill Sokalingam’s wife for R10 000.

He said it was agreed that he would carry out the murder on August 13, 2009, and that Sokalingam would provide him with a house key. He said it was arranged that Sokalingam would ensure he worked a night shift that night, leaving his wife alone at home. Ngubo alleged Sokalingam told him to “fake a robbery” by stealing CD and DVD players and to rape his wife before killing her.

The date for the planned murder was later changed from August 13 to August 21. However, the day before it was to be carried out Ngubo decided he could not take a life and instead contacted the police.

The case has been postponed to May 4 for further evidence.

Sokalingam has pleaded not guilty.

He is out on bail of R2 000.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.