Butcher's knife found after mom stabbed 50 times, court hears

2017-03-30 19:09
Bloody knife. (iStock)

Bloody knife. (iStock)

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Cape Town - A post mortem has found that murdered mom Vuyiseka Poni was stabbed 50 times, allegedly by her husband after fleeing from him to a friend's house, the Wynberg Magistrate's Court heard on Thursday.

Investigating officer Sergeant Mbongeni Nomala testified that a butcher's knife and scissors covered in blood were retrieved from the scene in Westlake on January 2.

The items had however not been sent for fingerprint analysis.

Mzuvukile Poni, accused of murdering Vuyiseka, previously told the court he intended to plead guilty, with reasons.

Nomala said witnesses claim Mzuvukile raped Vuyiseka, from whom he was estranged.

He read the affidavit of one neighbour, who said on the day of the murder she had heard crying coming from Vuyiseka's home.

Advice from neighbours

She, in her statement, said she had looked out from her door and into the Poni house, where Vuyiseka beckoned her to come over.

"I went to her house and saw she was pulling up her jeans, crying. She said she was fed up and wanted to go to the police because [Mzuvukile] had raped her three times."

He had not been home at the time of the neighbour's visit.

Another person said Vuyiseka had told her to call the police because she had been raped, but the woman had told her to rather phone Mzuvukile's mother "so that she could decide the way forward because they were married and had three kids".

Residents tried to intervene when Mzuvukile allegedly chased Vuyiseka as she escaped from her house to the home of a friend.

She fled into the woman's bedroom and Mzuvukile apparently forced his way into the house, locked the door and stabbed her.

Case postponed

Nomala previously told the court that when he arrived at the grisly scene, a wall was covered in blood and Vuyiseka's bloody body lay on her friend's bed.

Mzuvukile was arrested by the responding officers at his home.

Nomala said a post-mortem found a sexual act had occurred before Vuyiseka's death.

Mzuvukile, a project administrator, during his testimony at the start of his bail application elected to remain silent on the merits of the case.

The couple had three children together, while Mzuvukile has another outside the marriage.

At the start of his bail application he had told Magistrate Goolam Bawa that he had stabbed his wife, but claimed he had not been told she had died of her wounds.

The matter was postponed to April 4.

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