MAN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING HIS WIFE

MAN FOUND GUILTY OF KILLING HIS WIFE

The Pretoria High Court convicted Christhappy Foster Maluleke (41), from Saulsville, for the premeditated murder of his 33-year-old wife, Rirhandzu Life Shisana. On 22 November 2021, in the early hours of the morning, Maluleke and his wife were having an argument that led to a physical fight at their place of residence in Atteridgeville. During their fight, the deceased succumbed to the injuries and died on the scene, and when Maluleke realised that their wife has died, he laid her on the bed and covered her body with a blanket, and fled the scene. On the same day, he called the police and inform them about what had happened. When the police arrived where he was, he together with the police went to the house where the incident happened.

In court, Maluleke pleaded guilty and said, the incident was a form of self-defense against the deceased, and his intentions were not to kill however the prosecutor Advocate David Molokomme, said, that the murder was premeditated, and the accused knew that he would not afford the costs for a wedding celebration and planned to kill the deceased. The fact that the accused cleaned up the scene proves that he planned the offence and therefore the state was able to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

During conviction, Malulukes bail was extended, at an amount of R10 000 with the condition that he should report daily to the Soshanguve police station.

The matter has been remanded to 14 August 2023, for sentence proceedings.

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