Mall murder accused ducks questions in court

2014-08-27 00:00

THE man charged with stabbing his fiancée to death at Liberty Mall on July 7 yesterday refused to answer questions about the murder or his alleged suicide bid thereafter.

Nkululeko Ngubane gave evidence before Pietermaritzburg magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde in support of his bail application.

At times, tears flowed freely down his cheeks and he sniffed loudly.

He said he intends to plead not guilty to murdering his fiancée, Sinoliswe Mshengu, at Gate 2 at the mall, where she worked as a security officer.

In response to questions about the murder, and his alleged bid to kill himself by jumping off a bridge onto the N3 highway, he said he did not want to respond.

In law he is not obliged to answer questions during a bail hearing about the merits of the charges.

Ngubane — who was brought to court in a wheelchair and carried into the dock by orderlies because of his extensive injuries — testified he is being denied medical treatment in the prison hospital.

He alleged he hasn’t received any pain medication since his tablets ran out on August 13, no doctor has seen him at prison, and the authorities have failed to take him for check-ups at Northdale Hospital.

Ngubane is suffering from injuries to his left leg, elbow and his right heel is dislocated, he said. He said he wants bail so he can support his two children, and his ill and unemployed mother.

Asked by prosecutor Rene Padayachee how he came to be injured, Ngubane said he preferred not to answer.

She pointed out to him that he is not charged with attempting to commit suicide, but he remained adamant that he would not reply to the question.

Ngubane also did not wish to respond to evidence by the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Milton Hadebe, that he was ­captured on CCTV footage entering the mall in his white Jetta; buying a knife at a shop inside the mall and later driving to Gate 2 and stabbing Mshengu.

Hadebe said Mshengu’s colleague, who witnessed the stabbing, tried to push ­Ngubane off her. Ngubane drove away and was later found lying on the N3 below the bridge with multiple injuries. A bloodstained knife was recovered from inside his car.

The bail application will continue on September 2.

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