Judge wants psych evaluation for cannibal killer


The Western Cape High Court.

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape High Court judge scolded a prosecutor on Tuesday for failing to provide psychological insight into the man who removed his victim&39;s heart and allegedly ate it.

Judge Ashley Binns-Ward addressed prosecutor Jacqueline Sibiya after she called witnesses during the day in aggravation of Zimbabwean Andrew Chimboza&39;s sentence.

The arresting officer, a forensic pathologist, and a Gugulethu resident described how 62-year-old Mbuyiselo Manona was killed in June, and what Chimboza did with his body.

Sibiya said the evidence was relevant because it showed Chimboza, 35, exceeded the boundaries of self-defence and inflicted gruesome injuries.

"How is the court supposed to consider a sentence without expert evidence into his behaviour?" 

"In nearly 40 years, I have never been involved in a murder case where this has happened," said Binns-Ward.

He added that the State had not charged Chimboza with desecration of a corpse.

"Must I go and reach to the phone book to look for someone appropriate (to testify)?" he asked.

Sibiya said a clinical psychologist in Pretoria had contacted her with advice and indicated it might take a month to compile a report.

She had thought the evidence at hand was sufficient for a conviction and sentencing.

But Binns-Ward said expert opinion in the case was essential.

Sentencing proceedings were postponed until Wednesday.

Chimboza, who had a window-tinting business, on Monday pleaded guilty to killing Manona, as part of a plea agreement.

He stated in his plea explanation that he stabbed Manona to death at the home of a former client last year, after a disagreement. He said he was sorry for what he had done.

He alleged Manona had attacked him with a knife,  that he retaliated by kicking him in the groin, stabbing him in the neck with a fork and then repeatedly stabbing him in the neck, chest, and abdomen with a knife.

Arresting officer, Constable Mlungisi Landule, testified that he found a bloodied Chimboza cupping a heart in his hands and eating it.

Gugulethu resident Lelethu Femela had testified about peeking through the window of the home and seeing Chimboza stabbing a man, eating his heart and then repeatedly biting into his neck.

Forensic pathologist, Dr Lekram Alli, said he received small pieces of the heart in a plastic bag, together with the body. He said the pieces were cut into blocks, not torn.

Chimboza&39;s lawyer Yasmine Rajap on Tuesday denied he had eaten pieces of the heart.