3 to appear for Durban decapitation

2014-09-15 05:40


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Durban - The case against three minors implicated in the murder of a woman who was decapitated was expected to continue in the Durban Regional Court on Monday.

On Friday, the court postoned the case so that their pleas could be typed out.

Falakhe Khumalo, aged 18, pleaded guilty on Thursday and was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in the death of Desiree Murugan, whose headless body was found by municipal workers at Shallcross Stadium, in Durban, on 18 August.

He said he and his three co-accused lured Murugan, aged 39, to the stadium, where he paid her R100 for sex.

Khumalo said one of the minors stabbed her several times.

The body was dragged to another part of the sports field, where the head was chopped off.

Khumalo said he was promised R2m for the head of a white, Indian or coloured woman.

Traditional healer Sivonkaliso Mbili and his assistant Vusumuzi Gumede, aged 30, who were linked to the murder, have not pleaded and are expected to apply for bail on 22 September.

In an explanation of plea, Khumalo detailed how he plotted for more than a year to get the head to pay Mbili, who had cured him of a sexually transmitted disease.

Khumalo and the minors took the head to Mbili, the fourth accused in the trial.

Mbili allegedly ordered Gumede to bury the tins in which Murugan's body parts were placed.

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