Man who killed fiancée distraught after apology

2014-12-09 00:00

THE man who murdered his fiancée at Liberty mall and jumped off the bridge onto the N3 in July, sobbed loudly when his lawyer read a letter by him apologising to her family yesterday.

Nkululeko Ngubane (30) pleaded guilty to stabbing mall security guard Sindisiwe Charity Mshengu to death on July 7. Afterwards he tried to commit suicide and ended up with multiple broken bones.

He said in his plea that he bought a knife, returned and stabbed Mshengu after she had told him that when he thought she had suffered a miscarriage, she had actually aborted their baby because she did not want a child with him.

His lawyer, Ishi Khan, has urged Judge Thoba Poyo-Dlwati to sentence Ngubane to “no more” than 15 years in jail and to consider suspending some of his sentence.

State advocate Candy Kander meanwhile submitted that nothing less than 20 years’ imprisonment was appropriate, even though she agreed there were mitigating factors justifying less than life imprisonment.

Sentencing is due this morning.

Khan said Ngubane was too emotionally traumatised to testify himself but he wrote a letter to Mshengu’s family apologising for killing her.

“I am very sorry for what I have done. I didn’t intend to cause so much pain and I know what I am saying now won’t bring back MaMshengu Wami. I sincerely extend my apology and I deeply regret what I did. Not a day goes by when I don’t think about Sindi.”

Khan said Ngubane gave Mshengu’s family R500 towards her funeral.

Victim impact statements by the victim’s father, Mfanzakhe Mshengu (a pensioner), and her orphaned nine-year-old son were read to court. Her father said the family was deeply hurt by his daughter’s death, financially and emotionally.

The little boy said he was happy when his mother was alive. After her death he would cry when children showed him newspapers concerning her death. “I hope she rests in peace and that the path she took will be brighter. I miss her,” he wrote.

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