Bonney Lake man who killed girlfriend and burned body in garage gets 20 years in jail

Mthulisi Ndlovu,for the murder of Mary Mushapaidzi, his girlfriend and mother of his children.

Mary Mushapaidzi was the victim of an Oct. 9 domestic murder. Her killer and partner is claiming years of abuse in the lead-up to sentencing.

The Bonney Lake man who pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend and attempting to burn her body will spend the next 20 years in jail.

Mthulisi Ndlovu, 39, was sentenced to 248 months in prison on Friday after pleading guilty to the second degree murder with a deadly weapon of Mary Mushapaidzi, his girlfriend and mother of his children.

Mushapadzai was killed Oct. 9 following an argument over dirty dishes. Ndlovu struck her with a garden shear and then attempted to burn her body in the garage before calling police and telling them she had not returned from am early morning run.

According to Bonney Lake Detective Brian Byerly, who attended the sentencing hearing, the judge in the case did not seem to believe a psychological report in which Ndlovu was characterized as the victim of ongoing intimate partner violence from Mushapadizi.

Byerly also said several family members and friends spoke at the sentencing hearing contradicting the report, which documented years of alleged psychological, physical, emotional and sexual abuse at the hands of Mushapiadzi.

Byerly said the judge called the report “unsupported” and said it was unacceptable that Mushapaidzi was killed with their two children, ages 8 and 2, in the house, despite any atrocities Ndlovu may have witnessed or experienced in the couple’s homeland of Zimbabwe.

The judge also issued a no-contact order preventing Ndlovu from seeing the children.

Byerly said the family seemed pleased with the verdict.

More in News

Crashed plane in Burnett, two injured

The Pierce County Sheriff Department said the plane lost power after taking off.

First family officially moves into Ten Trails

It was hard for the McFaddens to find a home, with houses flying off the market within days, even hours. So they told their agent to stop looking at what’s already been built, and start searching for what is going to be built, leading a family of six to the Black Diamond development.

King County Fair begins four-day run; Saturday brings handcars, parade to Wilkeson

The longest-running county fair west of the Mississippi River is back with some old favorites and new attractions.

White River’s Hawthorne earns spot in Virginia leadership camp

Hawthorne earned his Academy slot by virtue of his accomplishments both on and off the wrestling mat.

Toxic algae warning in Lake Tapps

Be careful swimming in the northeastern part of the lake.

State survey seeks information from SR 410 drivers

Make sure to let WSDOT know how you think traffic between Bonney Lake and Enumclaw can be improved by Sunday, July 22.

Sehr gut: Enumclaw student to spend senior year in Germany

Macie Bosik is excited to break the mould and do something different for her last year of high school.

EHS harriers pitching in with community service

The Hornet Team recently helped with the Miner’s Day 5K run in Black Diamond, and will be moving on to other projects later this summer.

Group moving ahead with plans for Mount Peak tower

The Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association may have to shift where the tower would be placed, and the cost is estimated at $450,000.

Most Read