Police woman ‘killed husband and family members’ for insurance cash

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A rogue ex-policewoman has been found guilty of killing her boyfriend as part of a insurance scam.

Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, from South Africa, also murdered other six other relatives between 2012 and 2018 in order to claim a payout from life insurance, in most cases with a hitman.

She was additionally found guilty of the attempted murder of her mother, Maria Mushwana, and another charge of insurance fraud.

It is estimated Ndlovu made 1,400,000 South African rand (£69,000) from the deadly scheme, before being caught after a person she had hired to kill her sister ended up going to the police.

Over the course of a three-month trial which became high-profile news in South Africa, the prosecution detailed how she manipulated life and funeral insurance policies for her relatives in the months before she arranged their killing.

The court heard that after each murder she would turn up to a police station in a visibly emotional state and either report a murder or a missing person's case. Ms Ndlovu would attend different police stations for each murder.

The first to be murdered was her cousin named Witness Madala Homu, who died in March 2012. Her sister, boyfriend, niece and two nephews were all killed in the six years that followed.

In one murder in 2013 she poisoned and strangled her sister Audrey Somisa Ndlovu herself, instead of using a hitman. Ms Ndlovu's last victim, Brilliant Mashego, was killed in January 2018.

A sting operation was set up in March 2018 after a hitman contacted police over her plot to kill her sister and her five nieces.

In the recorded conversation, Ndlovu said she hoped the family would be burnt alive, as she needed the money fro the payout

Ndlovu protested her innocence throughout her court appearances, and accused many of the 50 total witnesses of lying.

Prosecution, however, successfully argued that the evidence clearly connected her to the murders and the insurance claims.

Speaking after the trial, state advocate Riana Williams told AFP: "The accused was either the last person to see them alive or the first to notice that they were missing,"

"She nominated herself as the beneficiary so as to cash in on life and funeral covers."

Ndlovu will be sentenced next month.

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