Sentencing begins in ‘heart-eater’ case

2015-02-03 07:07

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Cape Town - Sentencing proceedings are expected to begin on Tuesday in the case of a Zimbabwean man who pleaded guilty to stabbing Mbuyiselo Manona and removing his heart.

Andrew Chimboza, 35, entered into a plea agreement on the first day of his trial in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Monday.

The State accepted his plea and Judge Ashley Binns-Ward found him guilty of murder without premeditation.

In his plea explanation Chimboza apologised for killing Manona, 62, at the Gugulethu home of a former female client of his, Chimboza's, in June.

When he arrived there, he said, Manona insulted him, hit him in the face and accused him of having sex with his partner, Chimboza's former client.

Chimboza said he was aware that Manona wanted to stab him.

He disarmed Manona and used his knife to stab him multiple times.

Chimboza said he knew his actions were wrong and exceeded the boundaries of self-defence.

On Monday, no mention was made of allegations that witnesses saw Chimboza eating pieces of Manona's heart.

Prosecutor Jacqueline Sibiya said she believed the removal of the heart was not the cause of death per se and thus did not have too much bearing on the plea of murder.

The doctor who performed the post mortem was expected to testify in aggravation of sentence on Tuesday.

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