Police woman found guilty of murder

2016-02-11 06:00

PORT Shepstone SAPS police officer Balungile Mbutho was found guilty of the murder of her husband Thulebone Madlala and mother in-law Balindile Madlala by the Ramsgate High Court on Friday.

As recalled in previous reports Mbutho was accused of three murders, including that of her neighbour and relative, Thokozile Shabane­.

Shabane, in her late sixties, was shot and later died in hospital.

Thulebona Madlala (39), and his 77-year-old mother, Belina Madlala­, were shot dead at their home on 7 September, 2014, allegedly after a quarrel involving the police officer.

Mbutho handed herself over to the police after the incident.

The court said after an investigation and cross examinations of witnesses by the defence and the state, the court determined that Mbutho was under a lot of stress because of her husband, however, the court said evidence given by defence was improbable as the accused was reluctant to tell the truth about the incident.

Bonga Madlala, brother of the deceased, said the case was adjourned­ and the defence was given­ time to collect outstanding reports­ from the psychologist who examined the accused.

Bonga said he feels that Mbutho’s lawyer is dragging out the case.

“She has been found guilty of two murders.

“We do not know what other evidence­ is needed and what impact it will have on the case,” said Bonga.

The case will be back in court on 18 February.

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