Teen jailed for gran’s murder
The conviction followed his guilty plea for the murder of his grandmother at Nkowankowa
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.
IMPRISONED: A teenager was sentenced to 10 years in jail for murdering his grandmother.