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‘I KILLED FARMER’
ACCUSED SAYS HE USED ROCK TO KILL CITY MAN
A 19-YEAR-OLD Zimbabwean citizen has pleaded guilty following the murder of an 81-year-old farmer from Midlands near Roodepan in May last year. He used a spade and a large stone to beat the elderly man’s skull to a pulp.
Gift David Mukondo is standing trial in the Kimberley High Court for the brutal murder of prominent local businessman, Elias Kgari Sehularo, from the Sekai Plot outside Kimberley.
Sehularo’s body was found lying in a pool of blood in a room outside his house on May 15 2009.
Mukondo has pleaded not guilty to a charge of robbery with aggravated circumstances, but admitted that he stole a cellphone, bicycle, radio and DVD player as well as R1 000 in cash from the deceased.
Advocate Lentswe Setouto, for the accused, read his plea of guilt in the courtroom which was packed with family members of the victim.
In his plea Mukondo states that he resides in the Masvingo village in Zimbabwe and although he killed Sehularo, he had no intent to commit a murder when he hit the deceased with a spade.
Mukondo said he just wanted the elderly man to move away from him as the deceased was accusing him of breaking a window with the intent to steal. He, however, admits a direct purpose to kill Sehularo when he threw a large stone on his head.
Mukondo stated he was very angry for being accused of something he did not do and he thought the elderly man planned to assault him when he approached him in an angry manner.
The accused stated that he had a spade in his hand which he was using to clean the yard when the argument broke out. He hit Sehularo once on the head and the man fell.
He then dragged him to a storeroom when he saw a large stone. He picked up the stone and threw it once on the elderly man’s head. The victim was still alive at that stage.
Mukondo said he immediately realised he had done “a bad thing” and fled to the Limpopo Province.
State Advocate Theuns Barnard said the State are questioning the age of the accused and cannot accept the fact that he did not have an intention to kill when he struck the elderly man with the spade.
Barnard called on a forensic pathologist from the Kimberley Hospital, Doctor Sonata Walraven, to testify on the seriousness of Shularo’s head injuries.
“The man died from severe head injuries with incised wounds, lacerations and contusions to the scalp. He had multiple head fractures and the base of the skull was crushed,” she told the court.
Walraven also stated the brain was lacerated and the deceased also inhaled blood shortly before he died. His upper body was covered in blood.
She said the 15-centimetre-long head injury on the right side of the elderly man’s head, caused by the spade, was inflicted with such force that the weapon penetrated the skull and the brain. This fracture extends to the base of the skull.
Walraven gave evidence that the deceased had lacerations and severe abrasions and scratch wounds on both sides of his head and face.
She stated the spade fits in with the injuries of the deceased and could only have been inflicted by a strong man who used as much power as possible.
Walraven said the blow on his head with the spade could have caused Shularo’s death. The rest of his injuries was caused by the stone.
The case continues today.