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'Axe killer' gives himself up

By Riot Hlatshwayo | Feb 03, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE MAN who hacked a woman to death with an axe after accusing her of interfering with his life has handed himself over to Mpumalanga police, five days after the incident.

The 35-year-old suspect is the son of a neighbour of victim Josephina Lukhele, 48. He allegedly accosted Lukhele in the street and asked her what she wanted in his life.

Captain Leonard Hlathi said while Lukhele was still trying to make sense of this accusation, the suspect produced a knife and stabbed her twice in the back before she fell to the ground. The suspect then allegedly ran home and came back with an axe which he used to hack her to death.

In a separate incident on the same day, a 30-year-old man wanted for armed robbery, rape and attempted murder was hit with an axe on the head but survived.

Hlathi said the man, armed with a gun, entered a house with the apparent intention of robbing a woman he found there. He did not see the woman's husband sneak out through a window and return with an axe which he used to hit the man on the head.

The man was taken to hospital where he is under police guard until he recovers before appearing in court.


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