Forgive me, pleads killer cop

2012-06-13 22:34

Johannesburg - A former police constable who shot dead his girlfriend's mother and seriously wounded his girlfriend, their son and another boy appeared in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Turning to relatives of his victims attending his trial, former tracing unit policeman Nnkatji Johannes Moteane asked the Ntuli family to forgive him for the grief he had caused.

Moteane would be sentenced on Friday.

"I love Yvonne [Ntuli, his girlfriend]. What I did was not intentional," Moteane said in court.

He was earlier found guilty on a charge of murder and three of attempted murder after admitting that in March last year he shot Yvonne Ntuli, her mother Martha, their 4-year-old son Mfundu, and his son's 9-year-old cousin Boy Boy.

Martha Ntuli was shot three times and died on the scene. The three others were hospitalised with multiple gunshot wounds. He shot Yvonne nine times.

A social worker, Annette Vergeer, told the court on Wednesday that Moteane had been in a relationship with Ntuli since she was 13.

"She still visited him in jail and felt responsible for what had happened this day," Vergeer said.

This was despite the fact that he had shot their son in the head and that she had partially lost the use of her one hand. She was still receiving treatment.

Moteane said in his plea explanation he and Yvonne had a volatile relationship. He suspected her of being unfaithful and was distressed because she went out drinking and neglected her duties as a mother.

On the day of the crimes, he saw another man leaving her house. He lost his temper when Yvonne made him wait outside and her mother ordered him to leave the house.

According to Moteane, he then emptied his service pistol into the four before turning the gun on himself, only to find it was empty. Relatives stopped him from committing suicide when he went home to fetch another magazine.

Vergeer testified that Moteane came from a stable family, was a hard working father and had never before showed signs of violence. She said the stress of his job and the volatile nature of his relationship contributed to his behaviour that day.

Martha Ntuli's sister Lizzie testified she found it difficult to forgive Moteane as she was still angry about what he had done, as he never expressed remorse.

Moteane's lawyer Piet Pistorius argued the court should not break Moteane by sending him to prison for too long. He said Moteane had not planned the attack, but simply had enough of life on that day. He now wished he could turn back the clock so that he could have reacted differently.

Prosecutor Jennifer Cronje argued Ntuli was no ordinary man on the street, but a trained police officer who had cold-bloodedly shot four people because he was angry. She urged the court to jail Moteane for at least 20 years.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-13 23:04

    Ehm, aow-plueassseee. What rubbish... Kill one mother in law (ok, ok, ok) but then his girlfriend hurt, plus one other kid PLUS HIS OWN KID. BOOZE maybe ..?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-13 23:42

    A culture of ownership and entitlement, coupled with paranoia = right to kill. This is tribal doctrines, religion and culture bumping up against the 21st century. Men in this country - of all tribes, including white - need understand that women aren't property or possessions. They are people, human beings. Your jealousies, anger, resentment belong to *you*. Man-up - take responsibility for your own life, your own behaviour. If you're 'taking out' every person who p's you off, you're not only out of control but contributing to the devolution of society.

      Sagin - 2012-06-13 23:54

      I hear what you are saying and it makes perfect sense. Do You believe that there is a brighter future for all of us in this land? and why?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-14 00:20

      @Sagin - yes, I do believe there is a brighter future - if we focus on education. Not just academic (Gr1-12 and beyond) but access to information, especially in the *content* and *meaning* of our Constitution. The greatest Constitution on Earth. But it is up to us to live by it and challenge those who do not.

      Emile - 2012-06-14 01:34

      hmmm... i dont think im gonna come out of this comment with too many green thumbs but im gonna say it anyways. lacrimose, you are slightly off base in your assumption that this is a cultural or misogynistic matter. the guy was a policeman. they are quite prone to emotional breaks due to the nature of their jobs. the reason he shot those kids was most likely not due to them being any kind of threat, the guy had lost his mind and logical thought obviously eluded him. PLEASE do not think that im defending this man in any way. he deserves whatever punishment he receives, and a lot worse as well. btw i fully agree with your comment on education. sa should have taken note of our education problem from the offset. politics have screwed up our priorities

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-14 04:04

      @Emile - Given the frequency of murders and assaults by police people on their loved ones, I have to disagree. Or concede that a majority of police people are out of their minds. I don't want unstable constables looking after me. Nor do I wish for effective policemen that go home and try kill their family. For whatever label you wish to put on it, any person, who decides to kill their families believes they are gods before they are fathers

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-14 00:07

    trained policeman doesn't know when his emptied his pistol before turning it on himself, must've lost his mind, or not?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-14 00:46

      Trained policeman that brought his work & training home with him. Not to mention just a man, who saw his girlfriend's mother, son, girlfriend and another little boy as 'credible threats to his life'. Self-esteem and impulse control issues abound. Never had a sense of self-esteem is my 1st thought. My 2nd thought is how many cops are there out there using their badges and guns as placebos for their self-esteem?

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-06-14 03:29

    I don't care HOW angry you are - take yourself out. Let the rest of the World carry on without you. Death is just a pause - taking others with you will be hard to explain; or not: depending on your belief system of the afterworld. Turn your anger inwards, and solve the problem before you kill others. None of us are unique in our suffering, we only experience it in different ways. Rather turn the gun on yourself, before you turn it towards "the other" in anger.

      Koos - 2012-06-14 03:57

      "What I did was not intentional"

  • bonganiemmanuel.mazibuko - 2012-06-14 04:48

    sori bhuti, o kotula se o se jwetseng, so u must stand for ur sentence

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-14 05:14

    Hang him high

  • Jackson - 2012-06-14 07:10

    Sorry gudner hartluck bru waka ul b back soon

  • Shepherd Kgakala - 2012-06-14 07:16

    Girlfriend shot 3 times and her mother was shot 9 times,three others were hospitalised with multiple gunshot wounds. But a z88's magazine loads only 15 rounds.was he using an R5 riffle perhaps?

  • Virginia - 2012-06-14 07:32

    Too late - he's done the deed, it can't now be undone so he should just quietly lie on the floor of his cell and reflect on the fact that he is so fortunate to still be alive. Goodness knows, he doesn't deserve to take another breath!

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-14 07:37

    No sympathy, no forgiveness!! If I was the family I would have put a bullet between his eyes!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-06-14 09:13

    Who would trust you again? Everyone's got issues but they don't kill their families. Sick.

  • Harold - 2012-06-14 09:41

    I am starting to become convinced that there is a genetic flaw with in the South African community that causes all this violent reaction to anything we disapprove of. Sadly the only way to stop the continuation of this genetic flaw is to introduce the death penalty or sterilisation of these criminals to prevent further breeding of people with this genetic flaw.

  • sithembisopa.phewa - 2012-06-14 10:43

    THIS IS Despicable un warranted and mind bobling so many people for thinking ur r superior to being loved. (sick) but again lets go back to our basics and respect and stop being unfaithful, how many death have we witnessed for unfaithfulness. God save us.

  • nigel.burgess.52 - 2012-06-14 12:27

    No forgiveness. A total disregard for human life, and as a policeman. Rot in jail and later in hell. Goodbye.

  • devenjoey.theron - 2012-06-15 07:47

    the police has a terrible job. do they get counseling for the trauma they go through on a daily basis. perhaps this man had lost it, and then his family and loved ones paid the price. the root-cause of this behavior need to be addressed. people cannot just be guilty for being in service of all of us, and then end up not coping in their private lives. its a tragedy, and police need all the support because there are there to help all of us. very sad situation for our policemen and woman.

  • semakaleng.thulare - 2012-06-15 09:01

    20 years? Damned! These pig deserves more, if he was going to kill himself anyway then a death sentence shouldn't be a problem to face. The state must just finish off what he started.

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