Stellenbosch murder case postponed

2012-10-26 17:22

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Cape Town - A man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-lover and assaulting another woman appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday for a pre-trial conference.

Honest Sipho Dyakopu, 30, dressed in a red jacket and jeans, looked calm as he appeared before Judge President John Hlophe.

The court heard that Dyakopu and his lawyer Peter Burgers still needed time to consult, in anticipation of a possible plea and sentencing agreement.

The matter was postponed to next Friday.

Dyakopu faces charges of assaulting Masibulelo Mpopo, and raping, stabbing, robbing and killing ex-lover Nenziwe Dyantyana in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch.

Dyantyana apparently ran to her sister's house on the evening of 25 February to hide from the accused, with whom who she had already broken off the relationship.

She told Mpopo, a guest at the house, to tell her ex that she was not there.

Dyakopu allegedly stormed into the house, stabbed Mpopo in the arm and found Dyantyana hiding under a duvet on a bed.

She was dragged outside and stabbed 25 times before being raped. She died soon afterwards.

Her cellphone was apparently taken and sold to a man a few hours after the killing.

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