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Tutu domestic’s alleged killer in court

2012-06-06 15:26

Cape Town - The gardener of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's daughter appeared briefly in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Wednesday in connection with her domestic worker's death.

Olwethu Mathiso, 21, was told to return to court on 21 June as time was needed to gather further evidence in his bail application, and for transcriptions.

He stands accused of strangling Angela Mscinga, 35. Her body was found in a bedroom of Mpho Tutu's home in Milnerton on 12 April. Her cellphone and Tutu's laptop had been taken.

At a previous appearance, Mathiso told Magistrate Mandi Tyulu that he should get bail because he needed to look after his mother, a domestic worker.

He said he had no previous convictions, no pending cases against him, and no warrants of arrest in his name. He stressed he did not know any of the witnesses in the case, and he intended pleading not guilty.

The investigating officer, Constable Thabo Mwanda, told the magistrate that Mathiso should not be granted bail because he knew the witnesses and would likely flee before standing trial.

He said Mathiso was linked to the crime by a single fingerprint found on a brown basket on top of the bed in the bedroom. A piece of a glove was also found in the house, but police were still awaiting DNA results.