High court upholds KZN murder conviction

2014-11-13 17:40


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Pietermaritzburg - Two KwaZulu-Natal High Court judges in Pietermaritzburg have upheld the conviction and sentence imposed on a man whose girlfriend died in hospital after being beaten.

On Thursday, judges Fikile Mokgohloa and Jacqui Henriques upheld local regional magistrate Chris van Vuuren's decision to convict Nkosinathi Shezi of murder and sentence him to eight years in prison.

In his judgment, Van Vuuren said too many men believed they could do as they pleased to women, and he wondered if these belligerent men would also assault men or whether they were cowards who beat physically weaker women.

Shezi, 32, of Pietermaritzburg, appealed the murder conviction and sentence, imposed by Van Vuuren in March 2013.

Shezi hit his girlfriend when she left a tavern.

The court heard that a friend who visited her the next day found her comatose and naked in bed.

When Shezi told her the woman's clothes had been hung out to dry after being washed, she presumed this was because they were bloodied.

Shezi pleaded not guilty to the murder, claiming his girlfriend had fallen and hit her head on a piece of concrete.

However, the doctor who examined her in hospital testified that if she had hit her head on concrete the injury would have been localised.

The woman had swollen eyes and injuries that were unlikely to have been caused by the fall Shezi described.

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