Flabba's killer 'not seeking pity'

2016-03-09 17:34
Nkuleleko "Flabba'' Habedi

Nkuleleko "Flabba'' Habedi

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Johannesburg - Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi's killer did not welcome any pity she may have received following her conviction for murder, the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Wednesday.

Criminologist Zain Halle said during sentencing proceedings for Sindisiwe Manqele that she had told him: "I don't deserve their pity".

Manqele regretted the pain she had caused Habedi's family and she no longer knew who she was following the murder, he said.

She used to be ambitious and had a busy social life. Now she preferred to be alone.

Halle told the court Manqele was "scared" of the thought that she had killed someone.

She had told him that she had had three serious relationships since she started dating in Grade 12. Two of them were abusive.

Halle said Manqele had told him she felt she had bad luck when it came to relationships.

"I feel that I am jinxed. I keep finding abusive partners. I seem to be always drawn to abusive relationships," she told him.

She however claimed that Habedi had not been an abusive partner prior to March 9, 2015, when she stabbed him in the heart during an argument.

The couple had been arguing about Habedi's ex-girlfriend, who had allegedly danced seductively in front of him at a Sandton nightclub. Habedi had an argument with Manqele after another man complimented her at the club.

Manqele pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, saying she acted in self-defence. In December 2015, Judge Solly Sithole said she intentionally stabbed Habedi and had admitted to this during cross-examination.

The fact that Manqele stabbed Habedi only once eliminated the probability that she did so in anger or to seek revenge, Halle said. He claimed Manqele did not show any signs of criminal intent.

Although Manqele deserved to be punished for her crime, she also deserved to be given a chance to be a functioning member of society, he said.

Halle was the third defence witness to testify that jail time is not the only option for Manqele.

Earlier, a clinical psychologist told the court that jail would not be suitable for her. A department of correctional services assessor said Manqele was a suitable candidate for correctional supervision.

Read more on:    sindisiwe manqele  |  nkululeko habedi  |  johannesburg  |  crime

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