One of six murder accused confesses
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.
GUILTY: A suspect has entered a plea agreement with the state.