‘Axe man’ to be sentenced today

2014-12-15 07:03

The Durban High Court is today expected to sentence former Blue Bulls player Phindile Joseph Ntshongwana for axing four people to death.

Ntshongwana was to have been sentenced in October, but the matter was postponed because his lawyer Themba Mjoli argued successfully for a postponement so a clinical psychologist and a criminologist could testify in mitigation of sentencing.

In September, Judge Irfaan Khalil convicted Ntshongwana of four counts of murder, two of attempted murder, one of kidnapping, one of rape and one of assault.

He murdered Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu in Montclair, Durban, on March 20 2011, Paulos Hlongwa two days later, Simon Ngidi the following day and an unidentified man that week. All were hacked to death with an axe.

He raped and kidnapped a woman in November 2010. He tried to kill two men, one in uMlazi on March 21 2011, and the other in Lamontville on March 23.

Khalil said Mjoli’s contention that at the time of the crimes his client suffered from a mental illness and had no control over his actions, did not hold water.

“The murders were planned and not impulsive acts committed on the spur of the moment. His decapitation of the victims was purposeful,” said Khalil.

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