I stabbed Flabba by accident while trying to escape - girlfriend

2015-09-10 21:20
Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Sindisiwe Manqele sits with her face covered at the Alexandra Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg. (Mpho Raborife, News24)

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Johannesburg - Sindisiwe Manqele plans to testify that she accidentally stabbed Nkululeko "Flabba" Habedi as she tried to break free from his grip.

This was according to Manqele's lawyer, Norman Makhubele, who on Thursday questioned pathologist Thandi Mahululu on whether this version was possible.

Mahululu, who performed the autopsy on Habedi said, while it was possible, the chance of probability was slim.

She told the High Court sitting in Randburg that she came to her conclusion based on the fact that considerable force would have had to be used to create Habedi's wound.

She testified that Habedi was stabbed on the left side of his chest.

The knife struck his rib cage and heart.

While Manqele is yet to take to the stand, her lawyer has painted the picture that she had the knife in her hand as she ran towards the bedroom door, trying to flee from Habedi.

Her version was that Habedi got hold of her, grabbed her by the shoulders and shook her.

As she tried to break away from him, he leaned forward, landing on the knife.

The incident happened at Habedi's home in Alexandra in March.

Makhubele put it to Mahululu that Habedi's rib could have been broken as Manqele tried to perform CPR on him after she had stabbed him.

Mahululu said while this was medically possible, the jagged edges on the broken bone appeared to have been made from a sharp object.

Had the bone been broken from a blunt force, it would not have had this pattern on it.

Habedi's relatives, as well as Nkuleleko Chauke, a friend of the couple, testified that the two had been fighting before Habedi was killed.

Chauke said Manqele had accused Habedi of flirting with his ex-girlfriend in her presence.

Chauke was expected back on the stand on Friday, where he would continue with his testimony.

Manqele has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against her. She claims to have killed Habedi in self-defence.

The 26-year-old, who has been attending proceedings with her face covered, had to face Habedi's family as she left the court.

She pulled a scarf over her face as she left the courtroom with photographers in front and behind her and paid no attention to the Habedis as she walked past them alongside her lawyer.

The trial continues.

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