Murder: 20 years for son

2016-03-27 20:35
Jibraeel Mohideen walks down to the cells at the high court.

Jibraeel Mohideen walks down to the cells at the high court. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - No  matter what he may have done, Pietermaritzburg businessman Ashraf Mohideen (57) did not deserve to die as he had, a judge said on Wednesday.

Particularly repulsive was that his murder by hired killers was orchestrated by his own son, Judge Rishi Seegobin said.

Jibraeel Mohideen (26) was ­sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment and one of the assassins, Zandisile Mtshali (31), to 25 years’ imprisonment.

This was because the judge found they deserved less than the prescribed life sentence because both had pleaded guilty to the murder, showed remorse and said they were prepared to help bring the outstanding killers to book.

One of Mohideen’s relatives said af-terwards that Jibraeel was “lucky”, but the family did not want to comment ­further.

In a victim impact statement, Ashraf Mohideen’s brother, Jalaloodeen ­Tajoodeen, described how devastated he felt on learning of his brother’s death and said as if this “was not enough to bear”, they were then struck by a “second lightning blow” on hearing Jibraeel was instrumental in the murder.

Seegobin said the murder, carried out in the sanctity of the businessman’s Scottsville home, was “cold-blooded and callous”.

The court heard Mohideen was struck with a hammer, which broke during the assault on him, and was stabbed ­multiple times in the head, face and ­upper body.

His throat was slit by a cut 15 centimetres long.

There was evidence he tried to fight off his killers and suffered defensive wounds to his hands and arms in the process.

Jibraeel said in his plea that he and his ­father had a “troubled relationship ­characterised by frequent ­disagreements and arguments”.

“Although my father projected the persona of a loving father in public, in private he was a bully who constantly ridiculed and belittled me,” he said.

His father had reviled him for his “lack of intelligence”, criticised his ­appearance, his friends and his lifestyle, he said, adding that virtually everything he did was not good enough for him.

“He maintained I was useless and a disappointment to him, and indeed I did feel worthless in his presence.”

Jibraeel said he and his father also ­disagreed about the way he treated his mentally challenged twin sister by ­sedating her to “keep her tractable”.

Further, after Jibraeel’s mother died of cancer in 2011, he found out his father had had an affair during her ­illness, for which he was “unrepentant”, he said.

Jibraeel said their disagreements also spread to the used car dealership he helped his father to run.

He said he never earned a salary, even though his father paid his monthly expenses. When he tried to run away from home, his father found him and “forced” him to return, and since he was financially dependent on him, he had no alternative but to do as he had ordered, he said.

The final straw came when Jibraeel married a non-Muslim woman, which “disgusted” his father and led to a heated argument between them in ­January this year, he said.

Following the argument over his ­father’s refusal to accept his wife, ­Jibraeel said he confided in the family’s domestic worker, Emily Mchunu, who was sympathetic to his plight.

“I told Emily it would be better if I did not have a father,” he said. “She claimed to know how to make it happen … She said she knew someone who could kill my father.”

Jibraeel said the thought of ­being in control of his own life made him agree.

He then met with Joshua Nxumalo, who agreed to kill his ­father for R30 000. The money was to be paid in instalments.

On the day of the murder ­(February 25), he met Nxumalo in town and he was introduced to the other killer, Mtshali.

“Later that day I received a message to immediately go home. On arrival I found my father had been stabbed and killed as a result of having his throat slit.”

Jibraeel said he subsequently gave Emily R10 000 to give to Nxumalo for the murder. ­However, “wracked with guilt”, he eventually owned up to his ­involvement in the murder.

Mtshali said in his statement he agreed to help kill Mohideen as he ­needed money.

He said on entering Mohideen’s house they tied up the domestic worker — who he later learnt was Nxumalo’s girlfriend and was privy to the plan.

When Mohideen got home, they were waiting for him.

“The deceased [Mohideen] drew a knife and tried to stab Joshua, who was also armed with a knife. I had a hammer in my possession which I used to assault him. The hammer broke when I struck him with it,” said Mtshali.

He said Nxumalo had “continued” stabbing the businessman until they were interrupted by a gardener who raised the alarm.

Mtshali said he was paid R2 500 by Joshua for his role.


The other accused — Emily Mchunu, the domestic worker implicated in the murder, and Joshua Nxumalo — appeared briefly for the second time in the Pietermaritzburg ­Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The case was adjourned to March 30, when Mchunu intends to apply for bail, the court was told.

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