Shongweni murder accused heavily bandaged in court

2013-11-16 00:00

THE fourth man accused of murdering an elderly couple from Shongweni last week appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday with both arms bandaged.

Khulekani Wonderboy Mathonsi walked into the court from his holding cell barefoot and limping.

He was clad in black pants and a bloodstained white T-shirt.

Answering magistrate Zinhle Mnguni, Mathonsi said his arms were bandaged because he was mauled by police dogs on the day of his arrest.

Mathonsi was arrested by the Shongweni K9 unit, working with Hillcrest detectives, on Wednesday, the day his co-accused — Philani Shange (20), Siyabonga Xaba (24) and Scelo Mathabane (30) — appeared in court.

The men are charged with killing and robbing John (72) and Hester Noble at their home.

Mduduzi Sishi (30), Skhumbuzo Sithole (39), Jabulani Mthombeni (26), Sihle Dlamini (21) and Ndoda Ngcobo (35) are facing charges of possessing stolen property and also appeared in court on Wednesday.

Noble was strangled with a piece of wire and his wife with pipes from her oxygen tank.

Mathonsi was remanded following a short appearance.

On Wednesday, the Noble family held an intimate memorial service for the couple at Shongweni, with another to follow today at Knysna.

John Noble jnr told The Witness earlier this week that he forgave his parents’ killers. He said his family believe in love and forgiveness, but want justice to be served.

Meanwhile, the Shongweni community will hold another meeting in the area to discuss ways of improving security.

Resident Lolette Smith welcomed the progress in the investigation.

“We’re pleased that something has been done. We’re hoping justice will prevail,” she said, adding that the double murder had served as a wake-up call for the valley’s residents.

“We’ve all been aware of crime and we had measures in place. But when something like this happens, you see that your measures were not good enough.”


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