After killing he was placed in a sit­ting po­si­tion as if alive, left naked with used con­dom on his side Two men ar­rested, charged for his mur­der to stand trial

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Sandile Nkam­bule

The ha­tred of hear­ing sounds of stones on the roof top of their fam­ily house sig­nalling a call for his girl­friend saw a young man be­ing killed and placed in a sit­ting po­si­tion as if alive by his as­sailants.

The de­ceased Thabo Dlamini’s only sin was to visit his girl­friend and as per their ar­range­ment, threw stones on the roof top of her fam­ily house sig­nalling that she should come out and meet him.

An­gered by this, Christo­pher Dladla and Celu­musa Hlophe who have been charged with his mur­der, are al­leged to have tied him to a tree, as­saulted him the night over and placed him in a sit­ting po­si­tion while naked next to the tree after be­ing mur­dered. The in­ci­dent hap­pened at Mn­do­jane area in the Manzini re­gion.

A used con­dom was also found next to the de­ceased, which ac­cord­ing to the as­sailants, the de­ceased might have had sex with their rel­a­tive hence the as­sault and sub­se­quent killing.

The two have al­ready been in­dicted at the High Court and ac­cord­ing to the sum­mary of ev­i­dence, some women of the area are al­leged to have been pass­ing by the tree when they no­ticed the de­ceased seated un­der the tree.

Think­ing he was alive, one of them pro­ceeded to him and touched his chin but got the shock of her life when she dis­cov­ered that he was stone cold and screamed. Trans­port was im­me­di­ately ar­ranged and the de­ceased was taken to the Mankayane Gov­ern­ment Hos­pi­tal but along the way they were in­ter­cepted by a road block and told the po­lice that they were fer­ry­ing the de­ceased to hos­pi­tal. One of the wit­nesses will also give ev­i­dence on how the first ac­cused (Dladla) ar­ranged with the sec­ond ac­cused

(Hlophe) that he be made a fall per­son in the mur­der charge by own­ing up to the crime and that he would in turn bail him out upon his ar­rest.

How­ever, the ploy was crushed when the po­lice rounded them up and ar­rested them for the mur­der of the de­ceased as it tran­spired that they were both re­spon­si­ble for it dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

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