Ac­cused im­pli­cates his brother in drag­ging case

Weekend Witness - - News -

PI­ETER­MAR­ITZBURG — A man im­pli­cated his brother in the death of an Ethiopian sales­man who was dragged be­hind a car, while tes­ti­fy­ing in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg high court yes­ter­day.

Siyabonga Mtshali (24), who was jailed for 25 years on Tues­day, told the court his brother Cyprian helped over­power Thomas Emarat Ebamo.

Cyprian Mtshali pleaded not guilty be­fore Deputy Judge Pres­i­dent Ach­mat Jap­pie yes­ter­day.

Con­vict­ing Siyabonga Mtshali on Tues­day, act­ing judge Igna Stretch found that the mur­der was a sav­age act of xeno­pho­bia.

Stretch jailed Mtshali for 20 years for mur­der­ing Ebamo and 10 years for rob­bing him, five years of which would run con­cur­rently with the mur­der term.

In his guilty plea, Mtshali said an ac­quain­tance told him he wanted to steal a for­eigner’s car.

Ebamo was duped into fol­low­ing them to a plan­ta­tion on the pre­text that he would be paid.

He was over­pow­ered and tied up. A seat­belt was used to tie his neck to his own ve­hi­cle.

He was dragged around and was found dead when the driver stopped.

— Sapa.

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