Gugulethu brothers stand trial for niece's murder

2016-03-15 08:52
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Cape Town – The Gugulethu brothers accused of killing their 10-year-old niece are expected to appear in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

Tashville and Michael Godlo were initially going to stand trial in August last year, but the State told Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe that no court was available in 2015.

A third brother, Christopher Godlo, 31, was sentenced last May to an effective 35 years in jail for raping and killing Chelsea Godlo.

He pleaded guilty as part of a plea and sentencing agreement enforced by the court.

In his plea, he said he and his brothers initially planned to kill his sister, her child and their stepbrother because they had threatened to evict them from their father's house should he die.

Christopher Godlo said on August 12 last year, Chelsea, a Grade 5 pupil, returned from school and he decided to implement part of his plan.

"[I] thought that as I was going to kill her, I would rape her first," he said in his plea.

He called her into the brothers' Wendy house on the Gugulethu property and said he wanted to have sex with her. He followed through despite her objections.

Killer assisted in search for girl

He tried to strangle her, but his girlfriend returned with his brothers and saw him on top of the girl through a window.

His girlfriend hurled abuse at him for raping the girl, but he said nobody took her insults seriously.
"This could be due to her drunkenness," he said.

While residents were looking for the girl, he said he and his brothers tried to strangle the girl in the Wendy house.

"At one stage, I left the deceased who was still alive, and participated in various decoys with the community, assisting in searching for the deceased and reporting her missing to the police," he stated.

"On my return, I discovered that the deceased was stabbed in her neck with a screwdriver and was dead."

He admitted to first hiding her body in a bag in the back yard and then stashing the bag under their father's bed, where police found it the next day.

A post-mortem revealed that the girl had died from strangulation and puncture wounds to the neck.

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