Woman tells court how brother was stabbed to death

2015-05-08 15:58
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Tonga - A 23-year-old Mpumalanga woman has testified how she witnessed her brother being stabbed to death during a tavern attack.

The witness, Portia Ngomane, 21, was testifying in a trial against Bongani Silinda, 23, in the Boschfontein Regional Court on Friday, a News24 correspondent reported.

Silinda, of Sibayeni village near the Swazi and Mozambican border, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lucky Ngomane.

Lucky was murdered at about 20:00 at Mshaya Tavern in Sibayeni on December 14 2013.

"I was with my brother and some other friends when the incident happened at Mshaya Tavern.

"We were sitting having some drinks when Bongani's friend started arguing with Lucky about money.

"Mfundo phoned his friend Bongani to come and sort out Lucky as he was disrespecting him. I overheard him saying, 'Come here and solve this dog', and when Bongani arrived he just said, 'Where is the dog?' and he pointed at Lucky," testified Portia.

Portia told the court that Lucky then went to the toilet to avoid the two men, but was followed there.

"I went to follow him too as I noticed that there was some argument. I found them pulling both his hands and l apologised on his behalf as he was he was drunk and they left him alone," she testified.

She said Lucky later went to the toilet and was followed again.

"When I followed them I found four men including Bongani and Mfundo assaulting him. I saw Bongani stabbing Lucky with an unusual knife that looked like a kitchen knife and he fell down," Portia told the court.

Portia said her brother was then rushed to the local clinic, where he was certified dead on arrival.

Professional nurse Sister Austina Ndlangamandla testified that Lucky's injuries were horrific.

"I noticed that the body had no life on their arrival. He had some deep cut and injuries on his neck and stomach," testified Sister Ndlangamandla.

Magistrate Edgar Moletsane postponed the murder case to May 12 for further trial and judgement.

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