Nikita Lewis
The man accused of throwing acid in his girlfriend’s face, stalking her to a safe centre, and then stabbing her to death at a shop a few months later, appeared in the Western Cape High Court on Monday morning.

Lloyd Dube Simbarashe, 40, traced his ex-girlfriend, Nikita Lewis, 24, to the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Athlone where she was in hiding after he threw acid in her face.

On 9 October, he allegedly followed her to a nearby shop, where he stabbed her 20 times with a knife.

Lloyd Dube Simbarashe

In court yesterday, his new lawyer, Advocate Sheriff Mohamed, announced he has not yet met his client and would need to confer with Simbarashe before the defence would be ready for trial.

He asked for a postponement to Monday, 26 February to familiarise himself with his client and the case.

He also indicated that prosecutor Mbulelo Koti had agreed to the new date.

Acting Judge Mark Sher said the pair would have to take it up with the Judge President.

“Confirm the new trial date with the judge president first and we provisionally postpone it until Monday, 26 February. Mr Simbarashe will remain in custody,” Judge Sher said.

Two weeks ago Advocate Johan Solomons, Simbarashe’s pre-trial representative, withdrew from the case.

According to a source close to the case, the accused has refused to discuss his matter with his legal representative.

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