Couple in court for killing Cape cop

2013-03-08 16:00

Cape Town - A couple accused of killing a policeman and burying his body in their backyard appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

Barnabas Sentiwe and his wife Phumza Veli were dressed casually and seemed sullen as their pre-trial conference was called up.

The court heard the defence team had been given further particulars, but had not yet consulted with the pair.

The matter was postponed until next Friday.

The couple had been the neighbours of 29-year-old Constable Monwabisi Mnyombolo in Extension 6, Mfuleni, Cape Town.

It is the State's case that Sentiwe got into an argument with Mnyombolo at the couple's house in October 2009, accusing him of having an affair with his wife.

Sentiwe allegedly stabbed the police officer.

In 2010, he sold his house to Moses Njovana.

Njovana's wife saw a pair of tracksuit pants in the ground next to the house in 2011 and when he dug them up found bones inside.

Police were called to the scene and a shallow grave with more human bones was unearthed.

Forensic testing revealed the bones belonged to the constable and a post-mortem revealed he was stabbed in the head.

The State has charged Sentiwe with murder and his wife as an accessory after the fact.

  • Janet Butler - 2013-03-08 16:12


      JimGordon - 2013-03-08 16:39

      I can imagine they were sullen. They are in the 5% of murderers that actually get taken to court.

  • Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-03-08 16:14

    Im not surprised the police couldnt solve a murder that was right next door. and on a side note, how stupid were these people to sell their home with a body in a shallow grave

  • jaco.skalkwyk.3 - 2013-03-08 16:19

    Dis super dom.

  • Annemarie White - 2013-03-08 16:19

    Life means nothing in our country - just take it away at whim.

  • Tshepo Maredi - 2013-03-08 16:25

    Really? So we don't just cut ties with our neighbours and ignore them anymore, we kill them.

      Concerned - 2013-03-10 14:25

      A new and novel approach indeed.

  • andy.beak - 2013-03-08 16:43

    Nah, it's about time the cops get what they've been dishing out at Marikana and Daveytown. Sorry, but I feel nothing if citizens start reacting to police brutality with brutality.

      nkosikhonorman.ludidi - 2013-03-08 16:49

      its fine...if it makes you happy.....but bare in mind that you need cops also.......and not all of us we were in marikana and @ daveyton

      somikazi.pita - 2013-03-08 16:55

      You must be insane!

      Concerned - 2013-03-10 14:26

      Nkosi, what if you WERE at Marikana or Daveyton? What then?

  • kusleg.tjo - 2013-03-08 21:42

    Meaning the police had failed to investigate on what happened to the murdered "causetrouble".? His was a closed case l suppose...just said he disappeared and he shall resurface....pathetic police force. Were it not been for the new house owners who discovered the closed...!

  • Tello Moleko - 2013-03-08 22:26

    am sorry to wish smith and beak their wifes or daughters been gang raped and see who will they call,you had never been victim of crime,you are pigs dont want to get out of the mud

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