Life for ‘most gruesome murder’

2017-04-12 06:02

“ONE of the most gruesome murders this court has ever dealt with” stated High Court Judge Nkosinathi Chili as he sentenced Siyamamkela Nompumza to life for the killing of his girlfriend, 23-year-old Cebisile Happiness Khoza in May 2015.

Nompumza had denied he had anything to do with the murder claiming he had dropped Cebisile off at a beauty salon in Greytown, but when he went to fetch her, the salon was closed.

The following day he had reported her missing to the police and said he thought she had gone off with another man.

However, her body was found with multiple stab wounds on a dirt road in Harburg and the accused had attempted to set the body alight.

At first police did not suspect Nompumza, but after his fingerprints were found on a cool-drink bottle, which had contained petrol at the scene of the crime, he was arrested.

Judge Chili said that based on the evidence he had no doubt the killing had been through jealousy and the attitude of the accused “if I can't have her, nobody will”.

In his summing up the judge said the court had a duty to protect the public from people like Nompumza and emphasised that the accused had “almost got away with murder”.

The judge expressed his sympathy to Cebisile’s family saying “she was just 23 years old and had just completed her degree and qualified as a teacher — she had a long life ahead”.

... She was just 23 years old and had just completed her degree and qualified as a teacher — she had a long life ahead.

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