Rugby Star Charged With Axe Murders

Ntshongwana claimed to be avenging daughter's rape
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2011 2:06 AM CDT
South African Rugby Star Joseph Ntshongwana Charged with Axe Murders
Joseph Ntshongwana of the Blue Bulls looks on during a March 2000 match in Pretoria.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – A retired South African rugby star who allegedly went on a killing spree with an axe in one hand and a Bible in the other has been charged with three murders. Joseph Ntshongwana claimed to be taking revenge on a gang that raped his daughter and infected her with HIV, according to a victim who narrowly escaped with his life. Authorities, however, say they've established that there was no rape and the former Blue Bulls player doesn't even have a daughter, the Australian reports. His lawyers argue that he is mentally unfit to stand trial. (Read more rugby stories.)

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