A Senegalese man, Elhadji Adama Kebe, who stabbed his South African girlfriend, Sibongile Zenzile, greater than 10 instances earlier than severing her head, has stated he regrets what he did.
33-year-old Kebe, who arrived in South Africa from Senegal in 2016, pleaded responsible in February to killing Zenzile, 29, of their Kempton Park, Johannesburg flat on April 25, 2019.
Kebe left her head within the fridge and was arrested at a store he ran not removed from their flat the subsequent day. He additionally pleaded responsible to a cost of violating a corpse.
Sentencing proceedings started within the excessive courtroom in Johannesburg on Wednesday, the place Kebe introduced proof in mitigation of sentence.
When requested by his lawyer, Harmless Mthembu about how he felt about killing Zenzile, Kebe cried and stated he regretted all the pieces he did.
“Sibongile was my girlfriend and confederate and we did all the pieces collectively. I deeply remorse what occurred,” stated Kebe.
Prosecutor advocate Enock Makua, nonetheless, requested Kebe whether or not he would agree that he brutally killed Zenzile. Kebe stated he accepted that he had killed Zenzile.
Makua stated the query he requested was whether or not Kebe agreed that he brutally killed her. “Her head was fully chopped off. Would you not say this was a brutal act? In the event you present someone the images of the deceased with the top fully chopped off, that could be a very brutal act,” stated Makua. Kebe agreed.
Makua questioned how Kebe may go on and open his store the subsequent day and function as if nothing had occurred. Kebe stated he was confused and couldn’t keep at residence.
“I have no idea what occurred to me that day. I couldn’t keep at residence as I couldn’t see the physique. I had no different place to go apart from the store. Even on the store, I used to be confused. I knew I’d be arrested. I used to be not even capable of run away,” stated Kebe.
Kebe agreed with Makua that he wanted to be punished for the crime.
The prosecution known as Zamelani Ncancashe, Zenzile’s stepfather. Ncancashe informed the courtroom that after her homicide, the well being of Zenzile’s mom, his spouse Buyiswa Ncancashe, deteriorated and she or he now suffers from a coronary heart situation.
“She spent two weeks in hospital in February due to coronary heart issues,” Ncancashe stated, including that after Zenzile’s killing, the household went to a mortuary in Germiston to establish her.
“She was devastated to see her daughter with scars on her face. The top was minimize.”
Presenting arguments in mitigation of sentence, Mthembu stated Kebe was a first-time offender and had been in custody for practically two years.
“He didn’t run away. He was discovered at a store not removed from the scene. He got here clear and wished to plead responsible.”
Mthembu stated Kebe was remorseful. “It’s my submission that it is a crime of ardour. There was an argument that concerned one other Nigerian gentleman and there may be additionally proof that the deceased at one stage was the one who tried to stab the accused.
“And in retaliation, that is how we discover ourselves on this place, the place now we have to cope with the loss of life of the deceased.”
Makua requested for Kebe to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
The courtroom is anticipated to cross sentence subsequent month.