Gardener, friend in court for employers’ murders

2010-07-22 14:43

A Howick gardener and his associate today pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the murder of his employers Allan and Martha O’Neale.

Bob Boy Alfred Ntuli (23) and friend Bhekumndeni Andrias Mkhize (24) appeared in the Pietermaritzburg High Court for the O’Neale murders, housebreaking with intent to rob and aggravated robbery.

The couple’s bodies were found burnt in a plantation in September last year.

Ntuli and Mkhize pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

According to the indictment, the pair allegedly broke into the O’Neales’ property while they were away and lay in wait for them.

Martha was the first to arrive. They overpowered and strangled her after forcing her to reveal the pin numbers of her bank cards.

Allan was also forced to give bank card pin numbers and then fatally beaten. He died of heavy, sharp and blunt force to his neck and head.

Ntuli and Mkhize allegedly stole the couple’s Jeep Cherokee, VW Jetta and other items.

They then drove their bodies to a plantation in the victims’ vehicles where they burnt them.

The vehicles were later found abandoned.

Evidence will start to be given tomorrow.

The accused remain in custody.

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