THE MAN WAS CONVICTED OF MURDERING HIS COUSIN
According to Monica Nyuswa, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Nkosinathi Nzimande was found guilty of murdering his 18-year-old cousin Monica Lukhele in July last year.
“Nzimande went to attend a party with his family in Tweefontein and Lukhele was also in attendance.
“Later, Lukhele and Nzimande went to the tavern to consume alcohol. On their way back home, Nzimande dragged Lukhele to a field near the garage and raped her.”
Nyuswa said Lukhele threatened to tell the family about the ordeal and a fight ensued.
“Nzimande hit her on her face with a rock and strangled her. Lukhele died on the scene.”
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HE ASKED FOR CLEAN CLOTHES AS HIS HAD BLOODSTAINS ON
She said after committing the offence, Nzimande went to a house nearby to ask for clean clothes as he had bloodstains of the deceased on his clothes.
“The man then handed himself to the police, confessed, and pointed out the deceased.”
Nzimande claimed consent on rape.
WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT
According to Nyuswa, the state advocate, Mmamphai Tshwane led evidence of a police officer who attended the crime scene.
“He testified from what he observed from the crime scene.”
She furthermore added that Advocate Mmamphai also led the evidence of the medical doctor who declared Lukhele dead.
“Their evidence collaborated the evidence of a man who gave Nzimande clean clothes. He told the court that he saw Nzimande wearing clothes with blood stains but did not tell him about the killing of the deceased.”
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In court, Tshwane argued that when the deceased threatened to report the accused to their grandmother for raping her, he planned to kill her on the spot by hitting her on her face. He then dragged her body to a nearby stream.
Judge Bruce Langa expressed dismay at the gruesome manner in which Lukhele was murdered by a relative.
He sentenced Nzimande to life imprisonment for murder.