Teen jailed for gran’s mur­der

The con­vic­tion fol­lowed his guilty plea for the mur­der of his grand­mother at Nkowankowa

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Mpumalanga News - MONTSHO MAT­LALA montshom@the­newage.co.za

A 17-YEAR-OLD teenager who was con­victed of mur­der­ing his grand­mother in 2016 was sen­tenced to 10 years im­pris­on­ment in the Lim­popo High Court sit­ting in Polok­wane last week.

The con­vic­tion fol­lowed his guilty plea for the mur­der of his grand­mother, Vic­to­ria Rat­shilin­gana, 69, in Nkowankowa town­ship out­side Tza­neen in 2016.

The court heard that he en­tered his grand­mother’s bed­room and at­tacked her while she was pack­ing her clothes.

Rat­shilin­gana was stabbed with a knife and pushed down to the f loor.

A piece of cloth was stuffed into her month and was she also hacked with a panga in the head and leg. An elec­tric hand drill was then used to drill a hole in her head.

Her body was then left in the room un­til it was dis­cov­ered by neigh­bours who alerted the po­lice.

Af­ter two days, her grand­son was ar­rested and found in pos­ses­sion of her bank card and cell­phone.

Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing, state pros­e­cu­tor Ad­vo­cate Calvin Chauke sub­mit­ted that it was ag­gra­vat­ing for any­one to be killed in such a heart­less and grue­some man­ner.

Chauke said the mur­der was pre­med­i­tated in that the de­ceased was un­armed and help­less in her house.

The state pros­e­cu­tor said although the of­fence was se­ri­ous the ac­cused’s ten­der age could not be ig­nored.

The teenager was sen­tenced to 10 years im­pris­on­ment with three years con­di­tion­ally sus­pended.

“The Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) wel­comed the sen­tence and be­lieves it will send a clear mes­sage that youth­ful­ness will not stop the strong arm of the law,” NPA re­gional spokesper­son Mashudu Mal­abi-Dzhangi said.

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IM­PRIS­ONED: A teenager was sen­tenced to 10 years in jail for mur­der­ing his grand­mother.

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