Slain teen argued with 'psychopath'

2012-10-19 22:14

Pretoria - The sister of a woman murdered in her Garsfontein home last year overheard an argument between her sibling and her boyfriend before she was killed.

Lindi Khumalo told the High Court in Pretoria on Friday that she woke up on the night before her sister Zanele's death and heard her swearing on the phone. She said she assumed Zanele, 18, was talking to "that psychopath".

The teenager was five-months pregnant with her 26-year-old boyfriend Thato Kutumela's baby at the time of her death. Kutumela has pleaded not guilty to raping and killing Zanele.

Zanele's parents discovered her naked body under a blanket on her bed when they arrived home after work on 21 April 2011.

According to an autopsy report she had died of manual strangulation.

Lindi testified her father had forbidden Kutumela to come to their house.

A third witness, handyman Alberto Micia, testified he had seen Kutumela wearing blue work clothes when he entered Zanele's parents' townhouse complex in Garsfontein that morning, and wearing a black jersey when he left.

Micia said Kutumela had what appeared to be an empty bag with him when he entered the premises, but came out with a bulging bag about two to three hours later.

He reported this to a passing security guard.

Kutumela admitted to having consensual sex with Zanele that day, but denied raping or murdering her. The trial was postponed to an unspecified date.

  • moriri.mosweu - 2012-10-19 23:22

    What happened to that boyfriend who drove from Rustenburg to murder his girlfriend in Pretoria?

  • gunther.jurgens77 - 2012-10-20 10:04

    LOL, dont argue with psychopaths, i believe is the lesson in this one, >:)

      anton.debeer.3701 - 2012-10-21 07:22

      There is nothing to LOL about here. But I should may be take your advice and not argue with you.

  • igshaanp - 2012-10-20 19:55

    this handyman took note of this guy,could be the handyma and used the bf knowing he was there

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-20 22:08

    There is a large number of those here on news long can our safety be guaranteed for.

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