Three found guilty of Hudson Bennett murder and robbery

2013-11-26 00:00

THREE men were found guilty yesterday of the murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances of Ashburton resident Bob Hudson Bennett (61). He was stabbed to death inside his home in February 2011.

Judge Rishi Seegobin, sitting with assessors, yesterday accepted the testimony of an accomplice to the crimes, Mondli Mkhize, who identified one of the three accused, Mwakhe Mdlalose (19), as the person who had inflicted the fatal stab wounds on Hudson Bennett in the passage of his home in A.P. Smith Road.

Mkhize testified that after ransacking Hudson Bennett’s house and hiding goods outside the fence, the robbers had returned with the intention of waking him and “abusing” him so that he would hand over keys to a vehicle.

They had met him coming down the passage, and Mdlalose stabbed him in the chest.

The court also accepted Mkhize’s evidence that the other two accused, Sandile Mncwabe (21) and Sphamandla Mkhize (22), were also among the perpetrators.

The judge said apart from the testimony of Mkhize, there was other evidence that corroborated the fact that the three accused were involved, such as Mdlalose’s fingerprint found on a DVD case at the crime scene, and evidence linking the other two accused to some of the property that was stolen by the robbers.

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