IT guru Kunene is found guilty

IT consultant Muziwendoda Kunene and two co-accused have been convicted of the murder of KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Lynne Hume.

IT consultant Muziwendoda Kunene and two co-accused have been convicted of the murder of KwaZulu-Natal estate agent Lynne Hume.

The Bloemfontein high court yesterday also found Kunene, 46, of Ballito in Durban; Mumukeleni Khoza, 26, and Mphakamiseni Khumalo, 21, both of Msinga near Greytown, guilty on charges of kidnapping.

Judge MH Rampai, assisted by two assessors, said the three men drove with Hume, 47, from Ballito, to Kestell in the Free State where she was shot inside her Volvo on October 23 2007.

The vehicle was then set alight.

Kunene was also convicted on four charges of fraud and one of robbery.

Two State witnesses, Kunene's son Msebenziwenkosi and Noluthando Nazo, were granted indemnity from further prosecution.

Msebenziwenkosi was the fourth member of the group who kidnapped Hume.

Rampai said it did not matter who pulled the trigger of the 9mm pistol used to kill Hume.

He said according to the evidence, there was a common purpose to kill.

Referring to the conspiracy theory forwarded by Kunene in his defence, Rampai said there was no truth in the allegations.

Rampai also found that Kunene was the author of the controversial exhibit OO, an apparent affidavit by a murdered policeman, which detailed a conspiracy plan by police and others against Kunene.

The judge said the evidence had proved that Kunene was the mastermind who had planned all the crimes. The court also found that the testimony by Kunene's son, Msebenziwenkosi, which had put the three accused on the murder scene, was credible.

The case continues today for mitigation arguments before sentencing. - Sapa

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