Girlfriend-killer found guilty in private prosecution

2014-07-10 13:09
Rochelle Naidoo (Supplied)

Rochelle Naidoo (Supplied)

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Cape Town - A man has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend nine years ago, after her family succeeded in getting him convicted in a private prosecution.

Die Burger reported on Thursday that Sara Asmall burst into tears when her daughter Rochelle Naidoo's former boyfriend Faizel Hendricks was convicted in the Malmesbury Regional Court on Wednesday.

Asmall said she knew her daughter would not have killed herself, and launched a lengthy battle to have Hendricks convicted.

The Witness reported that Naidoo, 27, was shot dead in her flat in Cape Town in June 2005. Hendricks was the only other person present that night, and they had apparently been seen arguing earlier.

Inquest

Hendricks pleaded not guilty to murder and the case against him was withdrawn. It was suggested at an inquest in 2008 that Naidoo may have committed suicide, but the inquest returned an inconclusive verdict. Asmall and her husband, who live in Pietermaritzburg, then instituted a private prosecution.

Private prosecutions are very rare, and this is the first since the so-called Trojan Horse case in Cape Town in 1985, in which a number of policemen were prosecuted, but acquitted, for killing protesters. In order to launch a private prosecution, and individual must have an exceptional interest in the outcome of the case, and also put up security to cover the costs, according to Die Burger.

Hendricks chose not to testify in court, although he had testified at the inquest in 2008. He was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and must return to court on 30 September for sentencing.

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