Pre-trial of brothers accused of killing niece starts

2015-05-15 05:46

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Cape Town - The pre-trial proceedings of two Gugulethu brothers accused of killing their niece is expected to start in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Their brother Christopher Godlo was given 20 years for raping Chelsea Godlo, half of it suspended, and 25 years for her murder, as part of a plea and sentencing agreement enforced by Judge President John Hlophe.

Michael and Taswell Godlo, did not enter an agreement.

In his plea, Christopher Godlo said he and his brothers planned to kill his sister, her child and their stepbrother because they had threatened to evict them from their father’s house should he die.

On August 12 last year, Chelsea, a Grade 5 pupil, returned from school and he decided to implement the plan.

Rape

Christopher Godlo called her into the brothers’ Wendy house on the Gugulethu property and said he wanted to have sex with her. He followed through despite her objections.

He tried to strangle her, but his girlfriend returned with his brothers and saw him on top of the girl through a window. His girlfriend hurled abuse at him for raping the girl, but he said nobody took her insults seriously.

While residents were looking for the girl, he said he and his brothers tried to strangle the girl in the Wendy house.

“At one stage, I left the deceased, who was still alive [then], and participated in various decoys with the community, assisting in searching for the deceased and reporting her missing to the police,” he stated.

“On my return, I discovered that the deceased was stabbed in her neck with a screwdriver and was dead.”

Hid the body

He admitted to first hiding her body in a bag in the backyard and then stashing the bag under their father’s bed, where police found it the next day.

A post-mortem revealed the girl had died from strangulation and puncture wounds to the neck.

Aggravating factors included that the crimes were premeditated and that the victim was an innocent child who trusted him.

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