WHEN a 61-year-old Ashburton resident was stabbed in his home in February 2011 his five dogs started “growling”, causing one of the attackers to wave a gun at them and a shot to go off. The six intruders who had earlier ransacked Bob and Sheryl Hudson-Bennett’s home in A.P. Smith Road then hurriedly left the scene, fearing neighbours might raise the alarm. This was the evidence of Mondli Mkhize, an accomplice-turned-state witness, in connection with the murder and robbery of Bob Hudson-Bennett on the night of February 5, 2011, while he was alone at home. On trial are Mzwakhe Mdlalose (19), Sandile Mncwabe (21) and Sphamandla Mkhize (22), all of Imbali, who all pleaded not guilty before Judge Rishi Seegobin and assessors. In his evidence yesterday, Mkhize said Mdlalose was the person who had stabbed Hudson-Bennett when they met him coming along the passage. “Musa Skhosana pointed a firearm at the white man and the white man still proceeded towards us. Accused one [Mdlalose] then came past me and he stabbed the white man and the white man fell down,” Mkhize testified. He said Hudson-Bennett was stabbed “somewhere in the chest”. “It is then the dogs started growling and Skhosana used the firearm to try and scare the dogs away. He was waving the firearm. A shot went off and … thereafter that we started becoming scared.” Mkhize said they fled, “hurriedly” stopping to collect the stolen goods they’d already stashed outside the fence. They hid the loot in long grass next to the railway line, then walked to town and caught taxis home. The case is proceeding.