I'm sorry - Simunye Fair alleged killer
MBABANE – There was a sombre mood at the High Court when Njabulo Mamba, the suspected Simunye Fun Fair murderer, expressed his condolences for the death of Bryon ‘Ziggy’ Carvalho.
Mamba was being led in evidence by his legal representative, Mary Pais Da Silva.
The defence case began yesterday and the defence only paraded one witness, the accused, and closed its case.
Macebo Nxumalo represented the crown. The case was before Judge Bheki Maphalala.
When Mamba had gone through his evidence, Pais Da Silva wanted to know if he had anything to add to his testimony to which he answered to the affirmative.
"I am sorry to you My Lord and the family (of the deceased) because it was not my intention to kill the deceased. I would also like to ask for forgiveness from my father who is before court today because of me," Mamba said.
The late Carvalho’s relatives wept uncontrollably and they had to leave the court room for a while. Mamba’s father could not control himself either.
When the case was adjourned, Mamba’s father and Carvalho’s mother met outside the court and they were seen wiping their tears and they hugged. The matter returns to court tomorrow for arguments.
... says he is not aware how ‘Ziggy’ was killed
MBABANE - Njabulo Mamba told the court yesterday that he was not really aware how Byron Ziggy Carvalho was killed.
He submitted that he lost his balance, slipped and then he saw Carvalho lying down, bleeding.
Mamba said this was particularly because he was very drunk as he had been drinking for the better part of the night.
He told the court that he and his friends were fighting a group of boys who had attacked them on the night.
"When I discovered that we were being overpowered, I ran away. Two of the men came after me carrying bottles. I brandished a knife trying to scare them, I lost balance, slipped and I saw one of them on the ground," Mamba narrated to the court. He said he did not recall how it went about but he saw one of them bleeding. He said from there he ran to the kombi and he asked his friends if they had seen what had happened but they told him that he had stabbed ‘the fool’, he alleged.
‘Pastor not truthful’
MBABANE – Pastor Themba Malangwane allegedly did not tell the truth in court when he said he actually saw the accused, Njabulo Mamba, pointing out the knife at Hlane Game Park.
Malangwane is a pastor at Lusoti Village and he was a witness in the crown’s case against Mamba who was charged with murder after it was alleged that he intentionally killed Bryon Carvalho on October 24, 2010 at the Simunye Fun Fair.
The pastor told the court that he actually saw Mamba pointing out to the police, the knife, which he had hidden under a tree at the game park.
Mamba disputed this as an untruth. He said he did not point out the knife but he only led the police along the path he had used when he escaped from them.
He accused the police of having picked the knife from under a tree, and threw it in an open space and instructed him to point it out while they took photographs.
"Would the pastor be lying that you pointed out the knife?" Mamba’s legal representative, Mary Pais Da Silva quizzed.
"Yes. I did not point out the knife," Mamba responded.
He also said he was not sure if the knife that was found was the one he had used to stab the deceased because the knives were similar in make and colour and the ‘gang’ ran into the game park using one track.
The knives were allegedly used to cut meat, which they had taken with them to the Fun Fair.
The meat was for a braai and they also had a cooler box full of alcohol. There were three knives in total, according to Mamba.
- people should stop carrying knives finish & klaar b'cos it leads to sad occurances like this one.i just dont buy the story that the knives were for cutting meat.why an okapi?why not an ordinary knife?i hope he has learnt his lesson.this thing will haunt him for the rest of his life,rip ZIGGY.
December 8, 2011, 9:01 am, total (email@example.com)
- At no point does saying sorry condone a murder. If you carry a knife and brandish it in the air or to someone that alone means you have intent to cause harm. Regardless of how drunk this Mamba boy was - it still does not justify premeditated intention to cause harm. He must go to jail and serve his time. Its time Swaziland does something about knife crime, to many of our youth and adults have been victims of stabbings.
December 8, 2011, 9:01 am, Laura Middleton (Lauram1402@yahoo.co.uk)
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