'Prison isn’t the ideal environment for Flabba’s killer'

Sindisiwe Manqele was found guilty of killing her rapper boyfriend in December 2015.

FILE. Sindisiwe Manqele sits in the dock after being found guilty of murdering her rapper boyfriend Nkululeko ‘Flabba’ Habedi at his Alexandra home in March. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A clinical psychologist has told the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge that prison is not the ideal environment for the killer of slain rapper Nkululeko 'Flabba' Habedi.

Sentencing procedures in Sindisiwe Manqele's trial have begun.

Habedi's girlfriend was found guilty of murdering the rapper at his home in Alexandra exactly a year ago today.

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Manqele initially testified that she stabbed her rapper boyfriend in self defence, but the presiding judge dismissed her version of events, saying the amount of force she used to plunge a steak knife into his chest, showed intent to kill.

She has been out on R15,000 bail since December.

Habedi's daughter Lesego was present in court today, sitting alongside family members and wearing a black cap.

The defence's first witness in mitigation of sentence today was Teboho Monyamane, a clinical psychologist who has been running her own practice since 2011.

#Flabba Monyamane: her cutting her wrists is proof that she didn't mean to kill Mr. Habedi. MR

Monyamane has observed and assessed Manqele and told the court that although the convicted murderer shows signs of anxiety, it's not enough for her to be diagnosed with any mental illness.

#Flabba Monyamani: she says she experienced shortness of breath, racing of heart, decrease in appetite, absence of pleasure. MR

Monyamane was also whether Manqele had taken responsibility for Habedi's death.

The defence is motivating for less than 15 years.

Proceedings then continued as Manqele's probation officer took the stand_. _