Killing: Weapon may have been a breadknife

2010-02-23 00:00

THE gruesome injuries suffered by a young Estcourt woman, Safia Mahomed (20), whose death in 2005 is the subject of a murder trial, were described in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Standing trial in connection with her murder on September 15, 2005, is the victim’s cou­sin, Mohamed Shuaib Sathar, who was about 18 years old at the time.

He has pleaded not guilty.

According to the evidence of Dr Lalitha Badul, the victim suffered a fractured skull, multiple stab wounds to her back, and a cut to her throat.

She testified that the slit to the throat was so deep that the trachea, oesophagus and all the major blood vessels in the neck were severed.

Badul told Judge Atkins Moleko and assessors that death must have ensued in minutes.

Badul confirmed the injuries could have been inflicted with the serrated blade of a breadknife, which is alleged to be the murder weapon.

The state has closed its case and the defence will call their first witness today.

— Witness Reporter.

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