Pistol image saved as “my killing machine” under spotlight as Meyiwa murder trial presses on

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The Pretoria High Court has heard how an image of a gun saved as “my killing machine” was found on accused number three Mthobisi Mncube’s cellphone.

This as the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial pushes on, almost 9 years since the footballer was gunned down.

Cellphone analyst, Sergeant Moses Mabasa, on Tuesday took the court through some of the images saved on accused number three’s phone.

They include stacks of R100 notes and images of heavy ammunition.

Mncube’s image records have also shown a man with dreadlocks and other gentlemen wearing hoodies.

During her testimony, state witness Zandile Khumalo had described to the court how one of the alleged intruders wore his hair in dreadlocks.

She’s maintained Meyiwa was killed in a botched robbery.

Defence lawyers are likely to interrogate the authenticity of the images when they cross-examine the analyst.

Steyn clarifies Ntuli-Khumalo contact

Meanwhile, expert witness Colonel Lambertus Steyn concluded his cross-examination on Tuesday.

Steyn previously detailed to the court how a cellphone number linked to accused number five, Sifisokuhle Ntuli, had made calls to a cellphone linked to Meyiwa’s girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo.

He has, however, clarified that the number was not registered in Ntuli’s name and could not say whose address was used to RICA it.

Steyn says investigators linked the number to Ntuli based on contact information saved on other individuals’ cellphones.

Khumalo, her sister Zandile and their mother Ntombi, were among those present in the house the night Meyiwa was gunned down in October 2014.

Five men are currently standing trial for the Bafana Bafana captain’s murder.

Sergeant Mabasa is expected to return to the witness stand today.

Written by: Lindiwe Mabena

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