Sight of blood ‘terrifies me’, says accused

2013-11-20 00:00

THE man identified as the one who stabbed Ashburton homeowner Bob Hudson- Bennett (61) to death in 2011, said yesterday he so fears the sight of blood that he would not even slaughter a chicken for his family at home.

“I’ve never handled a weapon in my hand … As I already explained I fear blood like nothing else,” Mzwakhe Mdlalose (21) testified before Judge Rishi Seegobin and two assessors yesterday.

He told the court he did not know his two co-accused, Sandile Mncwabe and Sphamandla Mkhize, who are also from Imbali.

Mdlalose said he had never seen Hudson-Bennett “even in my dreams” and that he did not know Ashburton or where to catch taxis to get there.

Asked by state advocate Dheelan Naidoo to explain evidence that his fingerprint was found on a DVD case at the crime scene, Mdlalose said he did not deny that.

However, he “likes to buy” DVDs and would go to shops where he would “view” and “handle” DVDs.

Mdlalose, Mncwabe and Mkhize all denied that they took part in the robbery at Hudson-Bennett’s home on the night of February 5, 2011, and said they knew nothing about it or his murder.

All three testified that their alleged accomplice, Mondli Mkhize, who turned state witness, had lied about their involvement but they could not give reasons why he would falsely implicate them.

They said that although they could not say for certain where they were on the night in question, they were certain they did not go to Ashburton.

Mncwabe alleged that his former neighbour, Musa Sikhosana, had dropped off a computer, camera bag and serrated hunting knife at his house where they were later recovered.

He said he had not been able to return the items to Sikhosana because he never saw him again.

Sikhosana — who is still on the run from police — was also implicated in the attack on Hudson-Bennett by Mondli Mkhize.

Mkhize testified that he had accompanied the three accused, Sikhosana and Andile Mkhize to Ashburton that night as they planned to rob a house that was pointed out to them by the daughter of a domestic worker.

They were armed with a gun and two knives.

They found they couldn’t break into the house because the burglar bars were too thick, and they went in search of “any other house” to burgle.

They targeted Hudson-Bennett’s property after seeing a car drive out.

Mkhize alleged Mdlalose stabbed Hudson-Bennett in the chest when the gang met him coming down the passage.

The case will continue tomorrow.

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