Rape and murder:DNA puts accused at crime scene

2012-04-19 00:00

DNA evidence has linked a man accused of rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and murder to his alleged victim, the high court in Pietermaritzburg heard yesterday.

DNA analyst Leslie Whelan, of Pretoria, was testifying in the trial of Lungisani Mndeni Jili (19), of Mahehle.

He claims he was at home when 51-year-old Basebenzile Victoria Chiya was attacked at Mahehle, near Creighton, on the night of Christmas last year.

He has pleaded not guilty.

Whelan added that there was no DNA match to Jili on sandals, a knife and a cigarette found at the scene.

The state alleges that Jili attacked Chiya while she was walking on a footpath to visit a friend in the area, raped her and robbed her of her cell- phone.

He allegedly used a homemade knife to stab her several times.

Chiya died on the scene, the knife having penetrated her heart and lung.

The trial continues.

• mlondi.radebe@witness.co.za

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