Jubilation as bail is denied

2017-12-27 06:00
Nompumelelo Ngubane’s family are satisfied her murderers have been denied bail. PHOTO: sourced

Nompumelelo Ngubane’s family are satisfied her murderers have been denied bail. PHOTO: sourced

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THE Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court’s decision to deny bail to the four accused of murdering a nurse on the eve of her wedding brought jubilation to her family.

“This was a good decision the magistrate­ took. As a family we are very happy,” said the nurse’s grandmother, Thandi Dube, outside court last Friday following the handing down of judgment on the bail applications.

Dube said she is content with the judgment because her granddaughter, Nompumelelo Ngubane (38), was “brutally murdered”.

Magistrate M. Boikhutso, on handing down judgment, said the four accused had failed to prove there were exceptional circumstances for bail to be granted.

The magistrate said accused number one, Jabulani Sithole (43), who was allegedly due to marry Ngubane, had given an address where he said he could be traced to as he would live at the address if granted bail. The state has a prima faciecase against him.

“He is said to be the last person seen with the deceased. He is said to be the one who drove the vehicle and left the deceased in the driver’s seat, so he has many questions to answer around that,” Boikhutso said.

She said accused Kwanele Shoba (22), Sanele Zondi (18), and Sifiso Mkhize (27), are a flight risk as they had not provided addresses nor could it be confirmed where they would live should they be granted bail.

The magistrate said all four implicated each other in
Ngubane’s strangulation.

She said none of the accused had testified about their version of events and that the only information before court is that all four had allegedly planned the murder together, although none would confess to the crime.

The magistrate said other information the court has are the alleged confessions made by the accused.

“What remains a question to the court is how can all four accused implicate each other if all of them don’t know each other as per their statements,” the magistrate said.

She said the accused intend to dispute confessing to the murder should the matter go to trial as they had indicated they were assaulted and forced to confess, adding that the accused denied involvement in the case.

The magistrate said DNA results from the car in which Ngubane was found dead are yet to be released.

She had been allegedly taken to Camps Drift where she was allegedly strangled then driven to KwaPata and her body put in the driver’s seat of her car.

Dube said the deceased was discovered in the car near the family home in the area.

Another of Ngubane’s relatives said Sithole is married and had not made any arrangements for his wedding to Ngubane, but that it had been her who made all the arrangements.

The four are accused of premeditated murder.

The matter is due back in court on February 5, 2018, for further investigation.

Ngubane’s post-mortem results are still outstanding.

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