MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR KILLING PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IMPRISONMENT FOR KILLING PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND

The Pretoria High Court sitting in Palm Ridge, sentenced Siyabonga Lebohang Hlophe Mabe (26), from Orange Farm to 20 years of direct imprisonment for the murder of a 36 old female. Mabe was in a relationship with the deceased when the incident happened. On the evening of 29 February 2020, while the deceased and the accused were at Catter’s Tavern, situated in Orange Farm, an argument broke between the two, where Mabe assaulted and dragged her to his shack, situated in Extension 7. The following morning, the deceased was found badly injured in an open veld near Mabe’s place and contacted the police who then called the ambulance. She died in the hospital on 1 March 2020, due to blunt force trauma to the brain.

Mabe was arrested on 12 April 2021 and has been in custody since, after the NPA successfully opposed bail. In court, he pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and denied ever knowing the deceased. He said he only saw her when he was brought to the scene by his aunt, who showed him what he had done. An aunt of the deceased testified in court that the deceased was 5 months pregnant at the time of the death. Her death has impacted the family as she leaves behind 5 children, the youngest being 2 years old, while the oldest is 11 years old. She told the court that the siblings had to be separated, and three children are now staying with their unemployed grandmother in Mpumalanga, while others are staying with their fathers.

In aggravation Adv. Lawrence Sivhidzho told the court that the five minor children will never experience their mother’s love. The deceased was killed most brutally, she was dragged, her skin peeled off and left in the bush the whole night. Mabe showed no remorse, he maintained his innocence even at the sentencing stage; therefore, he asked the court to impose a deterrent sentence.

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