Farm wife bled to slow death court told

2012-03-23 00:00

FARM murder victim Lorraine Karg bled to death in pain over 15 to 20 minutes after her throat was cut by her assailants on the night of July 21, 2010.

Her former gardener, Shayi Zakius Mhlongo, suffered a similar fate, but because the cut to his throat was longer — extending right across his neck — he would have bled to death more quickly, in five to eight minutes.

Domestic worker Hilda Linyane was killed by a gunshot wound to her chest which penetrated her lung.

This evidence was given at the trial of Mzwandile Magubane (21) in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday by Dr D. Naidoo who performed post-mortems on the bodies of the three victims.

Naidoo confirmed that either one of two knives — which have the appearance of steak knives and which were recovered by police when they arrested the accused and other suspects in the case — could have been the murder weapon.

Lieutenant Mebra Nzimande of the organised crime unit testified that he found the knives and a 9 mm Norinco pistol with five live rounds of ammunition and two firearm magazines lying on a table in the room of a suspect, Velaphi Magubane.

Magubane, who is the brother of the accused on trial, was expected to give evidence in the case for the prosecution, but after denying knowledge of the events he had detailed in his police statement, he was arrested and charged with the same offences earlier this week.

Nzimande told the court the two brothers were arrested on July 28, 2010, at their home in Hlatikulu where he found them sleeping.

He recovered a bag from the accuseds’ room containing a balaclava, a pair of gloves and two remote controls, one of which was later found to control the gate to the Karg’s farm, he said.

Nzimande said he and other members of the organised crime unit arrested two more suspects that night — Nhlanhla Dladla (against whom the prosecution was stopped this week) and Colin Maphalala, who was shot dead by police in an office at the Mooi River police station.

Nzimande said Maphalala was killed after he grabbed the firearm of a colleague while they were busy fingerprinting the suspects.

The shooting was investigated by the Independent Complaints Directorate.

Nzimande gave his evidence during the course of a trial within a trial being held to determine whether a pointing out by the accused to a police officer after his arrest is admissible as evidence.

The accused has denied he voluntarily conducted the pointing out and claims the police assaulted him, throttled him with a rubber tube and administered electric shocks to get him to do so.

A district surgeon, Dr Mohamed Adam, testified yesterday that he had not found any injuries consistent with such assaults when he examined Magubane at the request of police at the time of the pointing out.

The state alleges that Magubane and three other men were responsible for luring Neville Karg and the other occupants of the farm Sherwood out of the farmhouse by setting fire to the veld.

Lorraine Karg, Mhlongo and Linyane were killed and Bonginkosi Mhlongo and Innocent Linyane were assaulted by the assailants after they returned to the house to fetch a bush knife for use by the fire- fighters.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.