Sentencing in Shallcross beheading case postponed

In happier times...Desiree Murugan.

The family of the Croftdene mother who was stabbed and beheaded at the Shallcross Sports Grounds in 2014 thought the case will finally come to an end this week as sentencing was set to begin in the Durban High Court, today. The case was postponed to July 27 and 28.

Desiree Murugan’s headless corpse was discovered by eThekwini Municipal workers, who were dispatched to the grounds to clean up the area, in August 2014. Sentencing in the case was meant to have taken place in March but was postponed due to an outstanding report.

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Murugan’s sister, Jennet Murugan, took the stand in court and was cross questioned earlier today. “It was a very emotional day in court today and it was also frustrating for me. Whatever happened still feels like it happened yesterday and the loss of our loving sister is still fresh in our hearts. When I was cross questioned, they (the attorney of accused two) made it seem as if we as a family, and me in particular, did not care about my sister and did nothing to help her. We are not showing concern now that she is dead. They tried to indicate that my sister was on the streets because of us,” said an emotional Jennet.

She added that she is hoping that the sentencing is fair and that it will not be based on the ages of the accused in the hopes of rehabilitation.

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Traditional healer, Sibonekaliso Zaba Makhosi Mbili, was found guilty of the murder along with teenagers, Thuso Thelejane, Mlungisi Ndlovu and Mbali Magwaba who were all 18 when they were convicted in January.

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The fifth accused, Falakhe Khumalo, confessed to his role in the crime and is already serving a life sentence. While a sixth accused, Vusumuzi Jabulani Gumede, was acquitted of being an accessory to the murder earlier this year after serving two and a half years in prison.

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