An illegal immigrant who slit a Moroccan diplomat’s throat and stabbed him 42 times because of the man’s alleged unwelcome sexual advances, will be sentenced in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria this week.
The state argued that 21-year-old Zimbabwean Nigel Khahari had lied about the circumstances under which he murdered Fatmi Noureddine at the diplomat’s flat in Waterkloof in October 2014 and should be sentenced to at least 15 years imprisonment.
Noureddine was the officer in charge of consular affairs at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria.
Khahari was arrested while in possession of Noureddine’s passports and camera, which he used to take photos of his victim’s buttocks after killing him. Social worker Erna Pieterse yesterday testified that Khahari came from a country where homosexuality was unacceptable and that he had over-reacted out of anger on waking up and finding
himself naked in bed with Noureddine.
She said Khahari had grown up with an abusive alcoholic father and an absent mother and learnt from a young age to suppress his emotions and react to conflict situations
with violence. He was disappointed in Noureddine because he had trusted the diplomat and thought he would help him to get a better job.
Khahari had shown no real remorse, she added.
Judge Mohammed Ismail last year found Khahari guilty on charges of murder, theft and being an illegal immigrant. Defence Counsel Cerita Joubert argued in mitigation that
Khahari was a first offender, was only 19 at the time and had already spent over a year in jail. Khahari will be sentenced on Friday.