An 81-year-old man was found not guilty after he was charged and tried for murder.

In his testimony, Bhekizwe Ngcobo explained that he was sleeping at his home in the Ndwedwe area when he heard noises coming from a chicken coop. He went to the door to see what was happening outside but could not see anything as it was dark.  He took his firearm and decided to go outside to investigate.  As he approached the chicken coop he noticed a person squatting inside.  Ngcobo asked what the person was doing and the intruder replied by threatening to kill the old man.

According to Ngcobo, the intruder charged towards him and that is when he shot him.  He then called his daughter and instructed her to call the police.  Police were called and Ngcobo was arrested.  In judgement, Magistrate Bodha found that although Ngcobo was not physically attacked he believed that his life was in danger - that is why he shot the suspect. The fact that only one of the 2 bullets was used showed that he did not intend to kill him.  The court also considered that the accused was old and fragile, compared to the young and well-built intruder.  The magistrate found that Ngcobo’s actions did not show that he used maximum force but was merely protecting himself.  Thus, he was acquitted.

 

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