Mall murder accused in agony: lawyer

Pitermaritzburg - Rolled in to the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court in a wheelchair, sporting a sling on his left arm and a cast on his right leg, the man who is alleged to have stabbed his former fiancée to death at the Liberty Midlands Mall before throwing himself off a bridge in an attempted suicide cut a pitiful figure on Monday.

Nkululeko Ngubane, 30, kept his eyes downcast as he listened to court proceedings.

Pietermaritzburg's Liberty Midlands Mall. Credit: Ex-QDMS

He appeared in absentia on the last two occasions that his case was before the court, as he was still in hospital being treated for the multiple injuries and fractures he sustained as a result of his fall.

He was discharged last week and made his first appearance before magistrate Ntsoaki Ndawonde on Monday.

Ngubane’s attorney, Simphiwe Ngwenya, told the court he believed his client needed to be back in hospital.

“He is in severe pain,” Ngwenya said.

However, the magistrate said it would not be possible to have Ngubane back in hospital without a police guard being authorised.

Ngubane’s case was then adjourned to August 14 for a formal bail application. The State indicated it they would oppose bail.

Ngubane is charged with the murder of his former fiancée, Sindiswa Mshengu, 28.

Mshengu, a parking attendant at the mall, was stabbed in the neck twice on July 7 and died at the scene.

It is alleged that Ngubane lured her to his car and stabbed her through the window before allegedly trying to kill himself by throwing himself over the Armitage Road bridge on to the N3.