Murder accused cop denies relationship was over

2015-05-27 08:01

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A DURBAN policeman charged with shooting dead his allegedly estranged girlfriend outside Steers in Florida Road on January 15, 2012, denied the relationship was over at the time of the incident.

Under cross examination by state advocate Happy Mazibuko, the policeman, Selby Hlongwa (40), told the high court that he and Princess Ngcobo were shot at by two unknown assailants but he didn’t see what happened to Ngcobo.

He said he was walking with Ngcobo when the two men getting out of a car double-parked near Steers (the details of which he had failed to notice). The men came towards them, swore, drew their guns and opened fire.

Hlongwa — who was accused by the prosecution of changing the version earlier put to state witnesses on his behalf — told Judge Mohini Moodley and an assessor that he drew his service pistol and fired two shots. He fired one warning shot in the air and the second shot at the assailants.

According to Hlongwa he then “fell down unconscious”.

He was not injured by the gunfire, and neither were the attackers, but he did not know what became of them. He also didn’t see what happened to Ngcobo.

“I last saw her when the shooting started,” he said.

Mazibuko suggested that when defence advocate Andile Dakela questioned state witnesses, he said Hlongwa’s version would be that he had seen one man (not two) alight from a car and start shooting in his and Ngcobo’s direction. Dakela also said that Hlongwa fired “several shots” towards the attacker.

Hlongwa said he didn’t recall telling his advocate he fired several shots. However, he later said maybe two shots could be construed as “several”.

Hlongwa said he could not comment on a ballistics report that linked his service firearm to all seven cartridge casings and one bullet found at the scene of the shooting.

He further said he can’t explain why Ngcobo’s friends testified that she had told them their relationship was over.

While admitting that Ngcobo had moved out of his flat after finding out he was paying lobola for another woman, he said they had reached an “understanding”

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