Nikita Lewis

The murder trial of Nikita Lewis, 24, who had allegedly been stabbed to death by her Zimbabwean boyfriend, is set to start in the Cape High Court on Monday.

Lloyd Dube Simbarashe, 40, had allegedly stalked Nikita to the Saartjie Baartman Centre, where she had sought refuge after he had thrown acid in her face.

He allegedly also assaulted her mother, Bonita, and her grandmother, breaking ouma’s wrist trying to get them to give up her location.

He found her on 9 October and waited for her outside a supermarket on Klipfontein Road.

He allegedly chased her inside and as she tried to fight him off, he stabbed her 18 times in the chest.

Nikita’s father, Leon, on Thursday told the Daily Voice: “She was ripped from us, murdered like she was nothing. He believed he had that right, but God will not let him go unpunished.”

The trial starts on Monday, and according to National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, the defence have indicated that they will seek a postponement.

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