‘Killer’ ditches bail bid

Ac­cused in girl­friend mur­der gives no rea­sons in court for aban­don­ing his ap­pli­ca­tion

The Star Late Edition - - METRO - KHAYA KOKO khaya.koko@inl.co.za @khayakoko88

MPHO Thobane, the man ac­cused of car­ry­ing out the grue­some killing of his girl­friend, will not be re­leased from jail pend­ing the out­come of his mur­der trial.

This was af­ter the mur­der ac­cused star­tled the Joburg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day by aban­don­ing his bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

He is ac­cused of dous­ing his girl­friend with petrol and set­ting her alight.

Thobane, 27, made a brief ap­pear­ance yes­ter­day. He is ac­cused of ar­son and pre­med­i­tated mur­der fol­low­ing the killing of 32-year-old Viwe Dalin­gozi.

His Le­gal Aid lawyer said Thobane had de­cided not to ap­ply for bail, and no rea­sons were pro­vided.

The State al­leges that Thobane car­ried out the mur­der of Dalin­gozi in­side their Joburg apart­ment last month, ap­par­ently af­ter an ar­gu­ment over Dalin­gozi greet­ing her ex-boyfriend.

Thobane al­legedly waited for Dalin­gozi to fall asleep be­fore car­ry­ing out the at­tack.

The ac­cused had pre­vi­ously de­nied vis­ual cov­er­age by the me­dia of his trial, as­sert­ing that he wanted Dalin­gozi’s dig­nity to be re­spected.

Thobane fled to Lim­popo fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, but was ar­rested in Mokopane a few days later.

When he made his first ap­pear­ance in court last week, Thobane still had what looked like mi­nor burn marks on the right side of his face.

Po­lice spokesper­son Xoli Mbele said in a state­ment last week that Thobane had an ar­gu­ment with Dalin­gozi.

He is al­leged to have then poured petrol over her while she was sleep­ing on the bed be­fore burn­ing her.

“Her flat was also burnt and fire­fight­ers ex­tin­guished the fire,” Mbele added.

The State asked for a post­pone­ment to December in or­der to get a foren­sic re­port on the chem­i­cals used in killing Dalin­gozi.

Mag­is­trate Van der Schyff granted the post­pone­ment.

Dalin­gozi will be buried in the East­ern Cape this week­end.

She would have cel­e­brated her 32nd birth­day this past Mon­day.


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