Hus­band killer gets 5-years

The New Age (Free State) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - LANGELIHLE CHAGWE lan­gelih­lec@the­newage.co.za

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.

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