‘I dreamt I killed her’

2016-09-14 09:13
Murder, sex assault accused tells court of dream that he killed girl (12).

Murder, sex assault accused tells court of dream that he killed girl (12). (File)

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Pietermaritzburg - The man charged with beating 12-year-old Ayanda Sibiya to death and hiding her body in a water tank in 2012 told the high court on Tuesday that he had a “bad dream” in which he killed the child.

Mzokhona Sibisi (34) pleaded not guilty before Judge Piet Bezuidenhout to murdering and sexually assaulting Ayanda on the night of June 22, 2012 at Sweetwaters.

He said he cannot explain the meaning of the dream he had the night Ayanda died, and suggested that if he had indeed attacked her, it was possible he was possessed by “evil spirits” at the time.

“The other possibility is that God used me to reveal Ayanda’s fate as a dream … Ayanda was a little angel to me and there is no way I could have knowingly attacked her,” he said.

The court heard from Ayanda’s mother, Ntombenhle Sibiya, that “Mzo” Sibisi was a family friend who regularly prayed at their home for Ayanda, who had suffered from “fits” from the age of 10.

She had come home from hospital after giving birth to her youngest child the night Ayanda disappeared.

Sibiya said she last saw Ayanda and Sibisi when they came to her room at about 8 pm to bring food.

The next morning she was told Ayanda had disappeared.

Asked by state advocate Dheelan Naidoo how Sibisi had reacted to the child’s disappearance, she said he “acted like a person who was concerned, just like us”.

In his statement to court, Sibisi said he had started visiting Ayanda to pray for her because she suffered from frequent attacks by “evil spirits and satanic attacks”.

He had stayed at the Sibiya home the night of her disappearance.

Sibisi said he heard in the morning that Ayanda was missing and was “shocked” because he had woken in the night from a “bad dream” in which he was in a forest with the child, who was “wrapped in a black refuse bag”.

In the dream, he heard Ayanda’s mother’s voice.

“She said she has to be dead first before she could be thrown into a water tank and offered me something to drink for bravery, whereafter I appeared to hit Ayanda with a stick as per her mother’s instructions,” he said.

“Seeing myself wet and dirty with mud on my trousers, coupled with the fact that Ayanda was indeed missing, made me wonder if my dream did not mean something sinister had happened,” Sibisi said.

When Ayanda could not be found, he decided to investigate places he could remember from his dream and discovered her body in an abandoned water tank near their local church.

“Confused and scared that people might think I was to blame, I told Ayanda’s father that a nyanga told me the body would be found in the water tank at the church,” he said.

“I really don’t know the meaning of all this,” he said of his dream.

Two psychiatrists who have been asked to evaluate Sibisi’s mental state were seated in court to consider the evidence.

The state alleges in its indictment that Sibisi had found himself alone with Ayanda on the night of her murder.

He allegedly bound her hands, took her to a forest and sexually assaulted her before stabbing her with a knife. He then allegedly covered her with a refuse bag and beat her with a pickaxe handle, killing her.

Afterwards he allegedly carried her body to the local church and hid the body in a disused water tank.

The case is proceeding.

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