Dragging: brother denies part in killing

2013-03-21 00:00

IXOPO district man Cyprian Mtshali (27) denied any part in dragging Ethiopian salesman Thomas Ebamo to his death with Ebamo’s own car in a plantation a year ago.

He appeared in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, the day after his brother, Siyabonga Mtshali (24), was jailed for an effective 25 years after admitting he and others, including Cyprian, dragged Ebamo to his death and stole his car.

He was sentenced by acting Judge Igna Stretch. Cyprian is being tried by Deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie.

The indictment alleges that Cyprian and three others conspired to rob Ebamo, of Umzimkhulu, of his car.

Pretending to be customers, they boarded his car and told him to drive to a lonely area and asked him to stop. They overpowered him, trussed his hands and feet and drove his car into a plantation where they forced him out. They tied his neck to the back of his car and proceeded to drag him behind his car until he died.

Ebamo’s body was hidden in a drainpipe and covered with branches. It was pointed out to the police 10 days later. A post-mortem examination revealed that he had died of head injuries and that he had injuries caused by being dragged to most of his body.

The trial continues.

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