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Slain teen's boyfriend denies attack

2012-10-15 20:00

Pretoria - The boyfriend of an 18-year-old pregnant girl raped and strangled in Pretoria last year, has denied any complicity in her death.

Thato Kutumela, 26, of Mamelodi East, pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of raping and murdering Zanele Khumalo at her parents' Garsfontein home in April last year.

Khumalo’s parents discovered her naked body face-down in her bedroom when they returned home from work. She was five-months pregnant with Kutumela’s child at the time.

The State has alleged that Kutumela slipped into the complex where she lived and gained entry into her house.

Kutumela allegedly told a security guard on duty at the shop where he worked he had been to see a doctor and wrongly indicated in the duty register that he started working shortly after 09:00 that day.

Kutumela admitted to being at Khumalo’s house that morning, but said they had consensual sex and that he had not murdered, robbed, or raped her.

"We had a conversation and ended up having consensual sex... in the lounge. While we were busy, the deceased’s cellphone rang. She went to her room to answer it.

"On her return she wanted to know when I was leaving for work. I got the impression she was in a hurry for me to leave. A neighbour enquired from the deceased if everything was okay. She said everything was okay.

"We thereafter had consensual sex a second time. I had a glass of juice and left. After I returned home, I found out the deceased had been killed," he said.

Khumalo's father Themba testified he had accepted Kutumela as his daughter’s boyfriend, because he had plans for his future which included his daughter.

When the family went on holiday, his daughter had acted strangely and had spent most of her time on the phone. She admitted she was pregnant in January.

"We were obviously angry that her future was in jeopardy... She wanted to study and asked us to give her a gap year. In the end we had no choice than to accept her pregnancy," he said.

Prosecutor George Baloyi applied for leave from the court to hand in the slain woman's diary as evidence and to lead evidence about a conversation she had with her father concerning her relationship with Kutumela.

Acting Judge Johan Kruger would rule on the evidence on Tuesday.

Comments
  • africanwolf - 2012-10-15 20:33

    Sad story I knew her personally since she was a little girl they were my neighbours.

      Ntshuxeko Ntlhamu - 2012-10-16 05:32

      hi can you please tell me what really was going on with this girl, was she having other boyfriends and who could have killed her

      africanwolf - 2012-10-16 07:21

      @Ntshuxeko Ntlhamu Hi according to what I know she wanted to break with her boyfriend she wanted to study, there were no other boyfriends.

      matusowsky - 2012-10-16 11:54

      I knew Zanele Khumalo personally. I was there when it all occurred (when the detectives came around and a family friend of ours drove her body to the Pretoria East Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival). She was the baby sitter of my younger sister. A lovely person to talk to. It was a shame that she was killedand even more a shame in the manner in the way it happened. We forever shall miss her. The day before her death she was looking forward to a new part-time job she had just gotten. As far as I know (from what she had told me) she was quite happy with life and was planning on breaking up with her then-boyfriend. All suspicions lie with the boyfriend as he was the last person to leave her house on the day. The fact that this murderer can deny he committed the atrocity is a shame within itself when clearly all evidence points to him doing it (Post-mortem showed she had been strangled to death with hands. It is impossible to strangulate yourself without hanging yourself).

  • rude.awakning - 2012-10-15 22:11

    18yr old pregnant girl raped and murdered! What is happening in this country? What a heartless thing to do! I urge the police to leave no stone unturned in apprehending the mindless, heartless and brutal killer/s! There is no place in our society for a pig like you!

      matusowsky - 2012-10-16 11:55

      I'm more shocked that this story has only made the news now. She was murdered last year April :(.

  • rodfor1435 - 2012-10-16 07:04

    "I found out the deceased had been killed"????

  • matusowsky - 2012-10-16 11:54

    I knew Zanele Khumalo personally. I was there when it all occurred (when the detectives came around and a family friend of ours drove her body to the Pretoria East Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival). She was the baby sitter of my younger sister. A lovely person to talk to. It was a shame that she was killedand even more a shame in the manner in the way it happened. We forever shall miss her. The day before her death she was looking forward to a new part-time job she had just gotten. As far as I know (from what she had told me) she was quite happy with life and was planning on breaking up with her then-boyfriend. All suspicions lie with the boyfriend as he was the last person to leave her house on the day. The fact that this murderer can deny he committed the atrocity is a shame within itself when clearly all evidence points to him doing it (Post-mortem showed she had been strangled to death with hands. It is impossible to strangulate yourself without hanging yourself).

  • mandisa.moropa - 2012-10-17 15:18

    Hi- I was in school with the accused, hes a family friend- people this guy would rather kill himself than hurt anyone else- I honestly feel he's been framed. As a woman it’s easy to see the girls as a victim but be open minded - what if she was lying in bed after he left and then attacked? Who knows- don't pass judgement as yet- let the law take its cause. I'm sorry for those who know the victim.

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