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Car­pen­ter ac­cused of North­dale woman’s mur­der bids for bail

- SHERLISSA PETERS Crime · Incidents · Greytown

A CAR­PEN­TER charged with the mur­der of a widow has ap­plied for bail.

Skhum­buso Enoch Mkhize, 33, had been work­ing at the widow’s home in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and was fit­ting built-in cup­boards at the time of the mur­der, on April 25.

Mkhize was ar­rested in Pakis in­for­mal set­tle­ment, in Copesville, barely 24 hours af­ter Venotha Ince, 51, was found dead in her Egret Road cot­tage in North­dale.

Her cell­phone was found in his pos­ses­sion. Ince died of mul­ti­ple stab wounds to her chest.

She was found ly­ing in a pool of blood at her bed­room door by the con­trac­tor in charge of the ren­o­va­tions to her home. Cash and her cell­phone had been stolen.

The State is op­pos­ing bail. Mem­bers of Ince’s fam­ily were present in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day.

Tes­ti­fy­ing yes­ter­day, Mkhize said he did not know Ince and had not gone to her house to do any work. This was in spite of a wit­ness state­ment by his boss, Vees Ramk­ilo­wan.

Mkhize ad­mit­ted that Ramk­ilo­wan was his boss, but de­nied that he worked at Ince’s home. He said that he in­tended plead­ing not guilty to the mur­der and said that if given bail, he would not evade his trial and would not ham­per in­ves­ti­ga­tions or in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses.

Mkhize said that he was the sole provider for five chil­dren. He said that he lived with his com­mon-law wife, Thokozani, who is the mother of two of his chil­dren.

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Mkhize could not ex­plain why Thokozani had given a state­ment to police in which she ad­mit­ted that Mkhize had come home with Ince’s cell­phone on the day of the mur­der.

He could also not ex­plain why cell­phone records con­firm that Mkhize’s SIM card was in- serted into Ince’s cell­phone on the morn­ing of her mur­der.

Mkhize re­fused to an­swer how it came to be that he gave a con­fes­sion re­gard­ing the mur­der to a po­lice­man at the Grey­town police sta­tion af­ter his ar­rest.

The bail ap­pli­ca­tion con­tin­ues on June 28.

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