Husband killer gets 5-years
A GLENCOE mother, Monira Moothi, 33, the woman charged with the murder of her husband, Daniel Pires, was sentenced to five years imprisonment, wholly suspended for five years, after pleading guilty to culpable homicide.
The mother of two appeared yesterday before magistrate Barnard.
Moothi’s attorney, Melo Shabangu, read out the plea of guilty to culpable homicide in the Dundee regional court midweek.
In it, Moothi gave an account of an abusive relationship.
Moothi’s youngest child was three weeks old at the time of the fatal stabbing.
Earlier, charges against her cousin, Afzal Hassan, who was also originally charged with murder following the stabbing of Pires with a pair of scissors, had the charge against him withdrawn.
Pires died after being stabbed twice in the back following a quarrel with Moothi in their Schroeders Road home in Glencoe on the night of March 12.
The court heard that arguments between the two “were commonplace” and she had previously obtained protection orders against her husband from the Glencoe police.
On the night of the killing, Pires “threw” their then three-week-old baby girl on the bed after which Moothi “lost control”, grabbed the nearest object next to her, the pair of scissors and stabbed him. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene.
Moothie’s nine-year-old daughter gave evidence in mitigation of sentence but the gallery was first cleared before the little girl could tell her story.
Shabangu pleaded for leniency for his client as she had already suffered at the hands of her partner and her two young children would be deprived of their mother should she be jailed.
Magistrate Barnard handed down the suspended sentence, which elicited much relief from Moothi and her family members there to support her.