Psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port needed on mother, 18, in be­head­ing case

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A psy­chol­o­gist’s re­port was needed to come to a de­ci­sion in sen­tenc­ing one of the four found guilty of killing Chatsworth woman Desiree Mu­ru­gan, said Dur­ban High Court Judge Thoba Poyo-Dl­wati on Fri­day.

She was re­fer­ring to 18-yearold mother Mbali Mag­wala. The judge called for the re­port af­ter the tes­ti­mony of Depart­ment of So­cial De­vel­op­ment so­cial worker and pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Ma­hoshni Naidoo last week.

Thuso Thele­jane, Mlungisi Ndlovu and Mag­wala were mi­nors at the time of Mu­ru­gan’s mur­der in 2014. Her de­cap­i­tated body, with 192 stab wounds, was found on a field in Shall­cross. Her head was found in a shal­low grave at the Mfume, South Coast home of tra­di­tional healer Sbonakaliso Mbili. Mbili had re­port­edly of­fered R2 mil­lion for the head of a white, coloured or In­dian woman. The judge con­victed the four in Jan­uary.

On Fri­day, Mag­wala’s lawyer, Rhema Ma­habeer, called Naidoo’s re­port bi­ased. Naidoo had rec­om­mended a prison sen­tence for Mag­wala, be­cause she had showed no re­morse for her part in plan­ning and cov­er­ing up the mur­der and she was mo­ti­vated by money and fear. Ma­habeer ar­gued that Naidoo’s re­port was in­con­sis­tent with what Mag­wala told the court and that Naidoo had passed judg­ment on Mag­wala be­cause of bias.

Naidoo had agreed with Ma­habeer that Mag­wala was not present at the Chatsworth mur­der scene but had washed the head in a bucket, ac­cord­ing to Ma­habeer, which she said she did un­der duress.

The mat­ter was ad­journed un­til Oc­to­ber 3. – Zainul Da­wood-ANA

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