‘Rehabilitation of cannibal killer unlikely’

A clinical psychologist has labelled Andrew Chimboza a threat to society.

FILE: Andrew Chimboza in the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A clinical psychologist has told the Western Cape High Court that he believes there's very little chance a man accused of cannibalism can be rehabilitated.

Sentencing proceedings are underway against 35-year-old Andrew Chimboza who pleaded guilty to stabbing Mbuyiselo Manona to death in Gugulethu in June.

The Zimbabwean national has denied claims he ate Manona's heart.

The two were embroiled in an alleged love triangle.

Chimboza says he stabbed Manona several times after the enraged man attacked him with a knife. He says the victim accused him of sleeping with his girlfriend.

Major Hayden Knibbs of the police's Investigative Psychology Unit has labelled Chimboza a threat to society as the state argues in aggravation of sentence.

Knibbs was called to offer insight into Chimboza's state of mind after Judge Ashley Binns-Ward saw pictures of the gruesome murder scene.

The victim's body had several gaping wounds after Chimboza viciously attacked him with a knife and fork.

Knibbs says Chimboza initially refused to accept responsibility for Manona's murder and has shown little remorse for the killing.

Knibbs says it was an extreme type of mutilation and he believes successful rehabilitation is unlikely.

The psychologist also told the court Chimboza had no history of mental illness and was of sound mind.