Deceased was thrown from sixth floor, says cop

2012-07-18 00:00

THE packed Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday heard evidence by investigating officer Lieutenant Sizwe Makhathi that bodybuilder Sabelo Magagula was thrown out of the Northdale Hospital penthouse.

Makhathini was giving evidence during the opposed bail application of Nkosingiphile Wiseman Ngcobo.

Ngcobo is charged for the murder of Magagula, housebreaking and robbery. The incidents happened on May 28.

The Witness reported that Magagula, a clerk at Grey’s Hospital, was with his girlfriend Dr Senzekile Shazi, at her sixth-floor flat of the Northdale penthouse when Ngcobo arrived and entered the room. It was alleged that he plunged to his death. It is unclear what happened after Ngcobo’s arrival.

Makhathini said crime scene experts discovered that Magagula was lying next to his cellphone five metres away from the wall of the penthouse.

He said, surprisingly, his phone was not broken and there were no signs that he fell through the window from the fifth floor.

“It still makes no sense that he could have jumped. The blood inside the room on the floor, wall and the window showed that there was a struggle in the room,” he said.

Makhathini said Magagula’s entire skull was broken into pieces, and his jawbone, teeth and nose were 100% loose.

“Both arms and wrist bones were broken and protruding. He had wounds in his stomach with clear indications that he was pierced and his kidneys ruptured.”

On these revelations, Magagula’s friends and family ran screaming from the courtroom.

He said Ngcobo could threaten Shazi into not co-operating with the investigators if released on bail.

Makhathini also told the court that in a nine-page statement, Dr Shazi denied that she was still romantically involved with the accused, and said he would not accept that it was over between them.

He also said that the accused was a flight risk and therefore bail should be opposed.

“He had no time to flee as everything happened quickly for him before his arrest. Security called the housekeeper, who came with the keys and they found the house locked from inside, but when they heard that police were going to kick open the door Shazi opened it. He was found in possession of Magagula’s wallet,” he said, adding that Shazi herself would not be safe if bail were granted.

Because Shazi performs essential services as a doctor, it would be difficult to put her in the witness protection programme.

Bail was denied and Ngcobo will be back in court on July 24.


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