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An apology from a self-confessed killer – three months after the murder

An apology from a self-confessed killer – three months after the murder

Aluta Pasile, the man known as the Suitcase Killer, has apologised in court for the brutal crime that he said not only destroyed two families, but also terrified the community.

Pasile pleaded guilty to murdering his 23-year-old girlfriend Nosicelo Mtebeni because of jealousy.

In the one-page letter read out in the East London High Court on Monday by his legal representative Nomsa Dyantyi, Pasile apologised to all women and children for his actions.

“I am very sorry for the family of Nosicelo and for allowing the devil to use me in taking her life,” Pasile said in the letter.

Pasile stabbed Nosicelo in August in a jealous rage after he allegedly found SMSs from another man on her phone.

“It is so painful and I feel ashamed of what I have done. I regret my actions. I know I have caused a lot of grief and pain to the family of Nosicelo. I really cannot imagine what her family is going through,” Pasile wrote.

The court had to adjourn for a few minutes as Nosicelo’s father, Baxolise Mtebeni sobbed uncontrollably after the letter was read. 

Mtebeni has rejected the apology saying it was an act.

“I can’t forgive. His parents will continue seeing their son with their own eyes, but I will never see my daughter again,” Mtebeni said.

He said the crime happened in August and Pasile is only now asking for forgiveness. 

“The law must take its course,” he said.

Nosicelo was found murdered on 19 August and it emerged in court that Pasile killed her two days earlier. The court heard harrowing details about Nosicelo’s murder and how her murderer searched the internet on ways to dispose of the body. Some of her body parts were stuffed inside a suitcase and dropped at the corner of the street in Quigney, Eastern Cape, where the couple shared a flat.

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