DNA report delay in murder case

2016-06-16 12:00
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Pietermaritzburg - A man’s intention to plead in a case where his ex-girlfriend was killed and her body dismembered, is being thwarted by the fact that there is no DNA report yet relating to the body parts, nor a post mortem report.

This was said in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday when Sphelele Chamane (21) made a brief televised appearance from Pietermaritzburg Prison, where he is being held awaiting his trial.

His legal aid attorney told Magistrate M. Boikhutso that Chamane had wanted to plead guilty to a “lesser charge than murder” arising from the death of his ex-girlfriend, Smangile Khanyile, at Tamboville on December 22, 2015.

However, he was prevented from pleading as the state was still waiting for the outstanding DNA results and post mortem report.

She said Chamane was being prejudiced by the delay as he had been in custody since January this year, and asked the court not to grant any further postponements in the matter.

The state alleges that Chamane stabbed Khanyile to death, poured petrol over her body, chopped it up and discarded the body parts in the bush, where police recovered them piece by piece.

State prosecutor Patti David confirmed that the state was still waiting for DNA test results to determine if the body parts recovered belonged to Khanyile, and for the post mortem report.

In the meantime, the director of public prosecutions has to decide whether to proceed with the prosecution against Chamane.

The magistrate said she would adjourn the case until June 22 for a decision by the director, but said this was the final remand.

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