Women killed to steal baby

2011-10-04 00:00

A 59-YEAR-OLD woman and her 24-year-old daughter pleaded guilty and were convicted by the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday for the murder of the older woman’s niece whose baby they wanted to steal.

Busisiwe Lucia Khoza and Thamsanqa Prudence Khoza of Esigodini pleaded guilty to the murder on June 29 of Nombuso Khoza, whose body was found in a pit toilet three months later.

They both said in their plea statements that they decided to kill Nombuso because they wanted her child. They had planned the murder with her boyfriend, Linda Ndlovu, the father of the one-month-old child. He who also wanted Nombuso dead because he was upset that she had another boyfriend. Ndlovu was also charged with Nombuso’s murder, but has not been asked to plead.

The pair said Ndlovu called them to his house where they found Nombuso asleep with the child.

Thamsanqa said in her statement, “Ndlovu placed his hands around deceased’s neck and suffocated her. She tried to scream and I placed my hand over her mouth. After a minute or so the deceased stopped breathing. I thereafter took the deceased’s minor child to my place of residence.”

They wrapped body in a sheet and left it in the room. They returned late at night and carried the body to a pit toilet and dropped it down the hole.

Thamsanqa said she looked after the child as if she were her own.

According to the post-mortem report conducted by district doctor Dhanraj Maney on September 22, Nombuso’s feet were tied together with a rope. There was a wound on her neck.

Defence counsel Kelvin Singh asked the court for the probation officers’ report on both the accused.

The judge said the women will be sentenced in the high court in Durban on October 31, after the report is presented.

mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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