Death penalty for jilted lover

BULAWAYO - A jilted Bulawayo man convicted of shooting his former girlfriend for terminating their relationship and moving on with another man has been sentenced to death in the first capital punishment verdict of the year.

Danis David Konson, 60, shot his 27-year-old girlfriend, Siphathisiwe Ncube in Jotsholo and later turned his firearm on a police officer who had been assigned to accompany him to the scene, intending to destroy evidence of the murder.

The late Ncube had broken up with Konson sometime in 2012, and moved in with a new lover Sikhumbuzo Dube despite Konson’s attempts to mend the relationship.

Ncube spurned her former lover’s pleas as she was now married and needed nothing to do with him even though he had established a grocery shop for her at Tshongogwe Business Centre.

Konson was now demanding his money back after termination of affair.

He went to Jotsholo Police Station and appealed for help in solving the dispute between him and Ncube, telling the police that they were fighting over a business deal before travelling 210km to Lupane with one of the police officers.

When he arrived, he went to the shop and shot dead his former girlfriend with a CZ 6.35mm pistol.

He then noticed that someone had been watching and chased her in a bid to shoot her but gave up after realising that he had been outrun.

Konson returned to the murder scene and made a coup de grace by shooting Ncube on her left thigh before turning the firearm on the police officer whom he shot in the chest.

The police officer survived the shooting.

Passing judgment, Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha said Konson, who claimed to have had no intention to shoot his ex-girlfriend, had premeditated the murder.

“He had been planning the murder for a while and he had in the days leading to the incident hinted to Ncube that he intended to kill her and the deceased had told her mother about the threat,” Justice Kamocha said.

“He is a cunning, devious and wicked character as he sought the help of the  police to carry out his plan; shot Ncube without warning and even went back to shoot her for the third time to make sure she was dead.

“He is therefore sentenced to death and has the automatic right to appeal to the State’s President who has the final say,” Kamocha said.

Comments (2)

he must rot in jail.webanga anofa nebanga

elimond - 5 February 2014

I have known Danis Konson since 1980 and I am still shocked that he has committed murder. I do believe there was some provocation on the deceased's part. He invested his redundancy money in their shop and was left with nothing because of the deceased's actions. He appears to have become desperate to take the actions he did. I do not try to excuse his terrible crime but I believe people should know that this was the action of a desperate man who could not find work - possibly because of his age - and had invested everything he had in this business he was managing together with the deceased.

Ursula Konig - 7 February 2014

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