4 accused deny killing Diepsloot priest

2012-02-22 19:06

Johannesburg - Four young Diepsloot men admitted on Wednesday to planning a robbery at a presbytery, but denied complicity in the murder of an elderly priest during the crime.

This emerged in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria when the State handed in statements the four accused made to police while pointing out the scene in Diepsloot, where Father Louis Blondel was murdered in December 2009.

Kgaugelo Manzini, Thembalethu Sindane, Freddy Mahlangu and Jabu Ndebele, all aged between 18 and 22, have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and robbery.

All four admitted to police that they and a fifth accomplice, Nelson Malope, had jumped over a wall at the presbytery.

Malope and Sindane gained entry into the house through a window before opening the door for the others. Malope was last year sentenced to 18 years imprisonment after admitting he had murdered and robbed Blondel.

Earlier in the week, he testified that all of them had planned the robbery. He admitted that he shot Blondel while the others were in another room removing a computer.

The four accused told police they were not present when Malope shot the 70-year-old priest.

Ndebele said in his statement Malope had told him he had shot the white man because he wanted to press a panic button.

He said they had decided to rob the presbytery because they wanted the money people gave to the church on Sundays.

They were also looking for anything valuable they could steal.

Ndebele told police they had only taken the firearm along so that they could point it at the occupants.

Manzini said in his statement he had heard a gunshot while he waited outside for the others and was handed a computer when the other four rushed outside.

He told police that before they went to the presbytery they already had a buyer who said he wanted a computer.

The trial continues.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-02-22 20:32

    Show them no mercy.. Life without chance of parole is not even enough

  • msendi - 2012-02-22 20:33

    Some people must be denied a status of enjoying human rights because they are worse than animal. How can a human being kill a 70 year old priest? Mob justice must be legalised…

  • Bokfan - 2012-02-22 20:37

    Hmmmn 18 years for killing a priest who was working for the good of the community. Thats pretty cheap. But I guess thats the way the anc misgovernment want it.

  • Wilma Crous - 2012-02-22 20:49

    Bring back the death sentence!!!

  • John - 2012-02-23 08:12

    What a shame on the 5 boys, we wil continue to pray for them. Jesus said on the cross of calvary forgive them Father for they know not what they doing

      chilli.stephenson1 - 2012-05-09 10:37

      Yes John. Also, everyone on earth is not entitled to judge. God is judge, and He is a just judge. So we do not need to slander and judge these boys. Leave it to God, lest God Himself judges you! Forgiveness is one of the most important things to God. Because He forgave us, and expects us to forgive anyone who does us wrong. read Matthew 18:21-35. The parable of the unforgiving Debtor! This is what God expects of us. Unforgiveness is disgusting to God. God bless to the family who lost a father and husband. He is in Heaven with our Lord and Saviour.

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