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A Soweto man charged with murdering his brother and nephew was yesterday found guilty on a lesser count of culpable homicide and jailed for seven years.

Mbuso Ndlovu, 34, was acquitted on a charge of killing his nephew Sandile Ndlovu. He had been charged with murdering his brother, Thokoza Ndlovu, and Sandile.

He had pleaded guilty to killing his brother, but said it was in self-defence. He pleaded not guilty to murdering Sandile.

Judge Gerhardus Hattingh said the state had failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Mbuso had intended to kill his brother.

He hacked Thokoza with an axe twice in the head in 2006 after a tiff and buried his body in their yard in Dlamini, Soweto. His remains were dug up by the current house owner's dog a year later.

Acquitting Mbuso of murdering his nephew last year, Hattingh said Sandile's neck had not been broken as alleged by the state.

"The medical report states that he did not die of a broken neck. That the accused confessed that he broke his neck does not hold," Hattingh said.

He said he was not satisfied the confession had proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Mbuso had killed Sandile.


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