Nuns gather ahead of plea bargain in murder case

2015-05-12 11:31
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Pietermaritzburg - Journalists, photographers and nuns filled the foyer outside Court C in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday where two men accused of raping an 86-year old nun were expected to appear.

They are accused of raping and murdering an 86-year-old nun Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher.

Mondli Michael Shozi, 26, and Sbongiseni Phungula, 25, each face charges of murder, rape, housebreaking and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Sister Tiefenbacher, who is Austrian born, was found dead on the floor next to her bed in her room at the Sacred Heart convent in Ixopo on April 19.

Her hands were bound together by the cord of her electric typewriter and a wet towel, believed to have been used to suffocate her, was over her face.

Proceedings were delayed while Advocate Zina Anastasiou consulted with the two men.

The nuns sat in small groups talking to each other.

Last week, Shozi and Phungula abandoned their bail application.

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