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Pietermaritzburg - An Ethiopian salesman was dragged by his neck tied to a car after a gang overpowered him the Pietermaritzburg High Court heard on Monday.
Siyabonga Mtshali, 24, pleaded guilty to the murder, aggravated robbery and kidnapping of Thomas Emarat Ebamo.
In his guilty plea, Mtshali said an acquaintance told him he wanted to steal a foreigner's car.
Ebamo was duped into following them to a forest on the pretext that he would be paid.
He was overpowered and tied up. A seatbelt was used to tie his neck to his own vehicle.
He was dragged around and when the driver stopped he was dead.
His body, which was hidden in a drainpipe and covered with branches, was found days after the murder. It was partially decomposed.
Mtshali was arrested 10 days later and made a full disclosure of his involvement. - Sapa