Durban - The mother of alleged serial killer “axeman” Joseph Ntshongwana on Thursday denied suggestions that she had tried to avert his arrest for rape by taking him to a hospital for mental treatment.
Phyllina Letlaka told Durban High Court Acting Judge Irfaan Khallil: “I am an attorney. I know that even if a person is hospitalised the police have the right to arrest that person. I alerted the investigating officer to the fact that he was admitted and at which hospital.”
The former Blue Bulls flanker is facing four murder and two attempted murder charges relating to his alleged “killing spree” during one week in March 2011, and rape and kidnapping charges relating to events in December 2010 when he is accused of luring a young woman into his car and then keeping her hostage at the Yellowwood Park home he shared with his mother.
He has pleaded not guilty and claims not to remember anything.
Letlaka, who has testified about her son’s mental illness, diagnosed in 2009, said that after being alerted to the rape and kidnapping charges, she had gone to the Durban central police station alone because her son had not been at home at the time.