One of six mur­der ac­cused con­fesses

The New Age (Western Cape) - - News - VIN­CENT CRUYWAGEN vin­centc@the­newage.co.za

ONE of the six ac­cused ap­pre­hended in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of 57-year-old Malmes­bury WO Deon Du­mas, has en­tered a plea agree­ment with the state.

Mz­won­deleli Dasheka, 32, de­cided not the waste the court’s time and to plead guilty to a count of rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

His le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Basier Amod and the deputy di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions were part of the process and for his part in com­mit­ting the crime, Dasheka was handed a three- year jail term and also de­clared un­fit to pos­sess a firearm.

Du­mas’ body was found four days af­ter he went miss­ing. It was found in an aban­doned build­ing in Wit­sands, At­lantis af­ter he went miss­ing on Christ­mas Eve last year.

Du­mas who, lived alone had gone to drop off a Christ­mas gift for his mother’s doc­tor in Malmes­bury.

Dasheka was in­formed of his right to re­main silent and not to tes­tify dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, not to be com­pelled to give self-in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence and that he was not obliged to en­ter into the agree­ment.

Dasheka ad­mit­ted that on or about De­cem­ber 24 last year and at or near Blom­bos Road, At­lantis he un­law­fully and in­ten­tion­ally and with the in­ten­tion to in­duce the sub­mis­sion of Du­mas, threat­ened him with a knife, bound, dragged, smoth­ered and stran­gled him. In the process he stole his money and white BMW.

On the day in ques­tion, his five co-ac­cused ar­rived at his house in Wit­sands in a white BMW. They asked him help to get a buyer for the car. He ac­com­pa­nied them to Khayelit­sha in an at­tempt to sell the car. How­ever, they did not suc­ceed in sell­ing the car and drove back to At­lantis.

Four of the co-ac­cused have al­ready made con­fes­sions.

It was re­ported that on that day, Du­mas was lured by two sex work­ers into the bush in Wit­sands to do busi­ness with them.

While they were busy, three men and a ju­ve­nile ap­proached and dragged him out of the car into a house where his hands were tied be­hind his back and he was suf­fo­cated.

PICTURE: GETTY IM­AGES

GUILTY: A sus­pect has en­tered a plea agree­ment with the state.

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