Former Durban cop facing 15 years for killing girlfriend

2015-06-02 10:01

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THE women of this country are crying out for courts to protect them.

These were the words of state ­advocate Happy Mazibuko yesterday.

She urged the Pietermaritzburg High Court to impose an appropriate sentence on former Durban policeman Selby Hlongwa (40) for shooting dead his girlfriend Princess Bhombubhomu Ngcobo outside Steers in Florida Road, Durban, on January 15, 2012.

Sentence will be passed today by Judge Mohini Moodley.

Hlongwa faces a minimum ­prescribed sentence of 15 years’ ­imprisonment as the court ruled that he shot Ngcobo while “enraged” and that the killing wasn’t premeditated.

Ngcobo died of a single gunshot wound through her forehead. The ­tattooing around the entrance wound showed that the gun was fired from less than a metre away.

Ngcobo’s mother Sokhesim Bone held back tears as she told the court that her daughter had left behind a two-year-old son.

She said she had been supporting herself and the child.

Mazibuko urged the judge to take ­into account that Hlongwa knew that Ngcobo was a mother of a young child, but took her life nevertheless.

As a police officer, Hlongwa was supposed to be a law enforcement agent, but instead he used his service pistol to shoot his partner, she said.

She said that he showed Ngcobo ­disrespect when she was still alive by telling her to move out of his flat as he intended to marry another woman. He then continued to disrespect her after death, Mazibuko said.

She said he did not show any ­remorse for what he did until after he was found guilty, and displayed what she believed was “arrogance” during his evidence in court.

In his testimony, Hlongwa denied that he was the person who shot Ngcobo. He alleged he was walking with her when two unknown men alighted from a car and opened fire on them.

State witnesses however testified that he had shot her and afterwards opened fire “randomly” in the vicinity.

Seven spent cartridges and a damaged bullet, linked to Hlongwa’s service pistol, were recovered at the scene.

His advocate Andile Dakela urged the court to take into account that Hlongwa is a father of nine children.

He said he served as a policeman right up to his conviction this past Friday. He also said Hlongwa is suffering from ill health, and was remorseful

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