Bloodied evidence in kennel

2012-06-15 00:00

DURBAN — An axe with what look liked bloodstains on it was discovered in a dog kennel underneath a former Blue Bulls rugby player’s bedroom window.

The state submitted this was the axe which murder accused Joseph Ntshongwana (33) used to hack four people to death in March last year. The axe was found when police investigated the source of a rotting smell emanating from the dog kennel.

Warrant Officer Marius van der Looy testified in the high court in Durban yesterday that when he checked on the source of a rotting smell, he found the axe, plastic bags, shoes and clothes. People in the public gallery gasped when he showed the axe to the court. He said the blade had been sharpened and had etches on the cutting edge.

It is charged that Ntshongwana hacked to death three men in separate street attacks in different parts of eThekwini during March last year.

The decomposed body of a fourth victim was found in April near his parent’s home.

The murdered men are Thembelenkosini Cebekhulu, Paulos Hlongwa and Simon Ngidi. The fourth victim was not identified.

Ntshongwana also faces two charges of attempted murder after attacking Khangelani Mdluli and Siyanda Khumalo, who were able to run away from the big axe-wielding man.

He also faces a charge of rape after he had allegedly abducted a woman in 2010 and kept her in his room for days. Ntshongwana pleaded not guilty and submitted that he is in a delusional state.

In earlier court proceedings his defence submitted that Ntshongwana suffers from a combination of psychosis and bipolar disorder. Themba Mjoli, his attorney, yesterday submitted that Ntshongwana is reluctant to take his medication. In evidence heard to date by Judge Irfaan Khalil, Ntshongwana has been connected to a hired Opel Corsa which was seen at the murder scenes and which was reportedly returned to the rental agency with blood stains. Two eye witnesses also pointed him out in the accused dock yesterday.

The woman who Nthsongwana allegedly held in his room, had earlier testified how he had covered his body and genitals in yoghurt which she had to lick off. A yoghurt container was also found inside the dog kennel, Van der Looy testified. The trial continues.

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