Alleged serial killer compared to Oscar during bid for bail

2015-05-11 19:50


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Thohoyandou - The Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court has denied bail to suspected University of Venda serial killer Ndivhuwo Ntsieni, dismissing his application to compare his case with Oscar Pistorius's as irrelevant.

Ntsieni was arrested in July last after he was linked to four murder, rape, kidnapping and attempted murder cases.

The 25-year-old Food and Science Technology student at the university allegedly terrorised the community of Thohoyandou, raping and killing students and workers and taking their belongings, including cell phones and student cards.

He faces 16 charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping.

He allegedly killed three women and two children in separate incidents.

Post-mortem results showed that the victims were attacked with a sharp instrument, and hit on the head.

A student, Shudufhadzo Thagisa, 20, was hospitalised after she was assaulted and robbed in May.

She was discharged and died eight months after Ntsieni was arrested.

During the arrest, Ntsieni was found with T Thagisa's student card, cellphone and hair clipper.

In March, another victim was raped and also killed. The incident occurred on the university's premises.

University cleaner Brenda Ndove, 45, was stabbed to death on July 18 and her personal items stolen.

Nine-year-old Tshililo Ndou's body was dumped at a house in Golgotha in April.

Eight-year-old Zwivhuya Mashau's body was found outside the university by students and passers-by.

DNA confirmed that she was raped. Ntsieni has pleaded not guilty.

State prosecutor Mashudu Nekhumbe argued that Ntsieni was not a suitable candidate to be released on bail, saying he committed offences one after the other.

When it came to bail, Ntsieni's legal team tried to use Pistorius as an example, saying that even a schedule six offence suspect deserved bail.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013.

Satanic ritual

Ntsieni earlier claimed that he was not aware of what he was doing when he committed the horrific crimes, saying he changed after he was offered R100 by a stranger who he claimed initiated him into satanic rituals.

He was then placed under psychiatric observation for two months and reports indicated that he was fit to stand trial.

Refusing him bail on Monday, Magistrate Andriaan Hendrick Geldenhys said the Pistorius's case was totally different to a case of man who committed offences month after month.

“The defence fails to prove exceptional circumstances to compel the court to release Ntsieni on bail,” he said.

DNA results conducted already linked Ntsieni to the rapes committed.

An additional murder charge was added after Thagisa's death in March this year.

The case was adjourned until June 8 for a decision by the director of public prosecutions.

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