Guard killing: duo convicted

2011-11-14 00:00

TWO men have been convicted in the high court in Pietermaritzburg of the murder of a security guard at Ideal Auto Sales during a burglary on the night of August 6, 2009.

The court heard that the victim, Siphamandla Shelembe, was stabbed repeatedly until he died, despite pleading with his attackers to spare him and take whatever property they wanted.

On Friday Pietermaritzburg acting high court Judge Rose Mogwera and an assessor convicted Marvin Smith (23) and Sibusiso Dlamini (25) of Jika Joe informal settlement of housebreaking with intent to rob and robbery with aggravating circumstances, and murder arising from the incident.

Mogwera accepted the testimony of the key state witness, Mduduzi Dlamini, who was an accomplice to the crimes that night and who testified that the stabbing was carried out by Sibusiso Dlamini on Smith’s instructions.

The court heard that Sibusiso approached the guard as he lay sleeping and began stabbing him, waking him up. Mduduzi Dlamini said he intervened as the guard pleaded for his life and took the knife away from Sibusiso. But as he exited the building with the knife he met Smith who asked if the guard was dead. When told he was not, Smith took the knife away from him and went into the building in the company of Sibusiso.

Sibusiso later said he had “finished off” the guard.

The trio got away with a Ford Ranger double-cab bakkie and other valuables.

Sentencing has been postponed until January 30 next year.

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