Jail for killing mom to get baby

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THE Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court yes­ter­day sen­tenced a woman to 20 years im­pris­on­ment for stran­gling an­other woman to death so that she could adopt her baby.

Act­ing Judge Kobus Booyens jailed Nompumelelo Sibiya, 22, of Grey­town, who was 17 years old at the time of the crime in 2005.

She mis­car­ried when she was six months preg­nant and feared that her boyfriend, Joseph Mthethwa, would no longer marry her.

Her cousin, known only as Sibu­siso, sug­gested she kill a dis­tant rel­a­tive, Lu­cia Mt­shali, who was 18 at the time and who had a baby.

This was so that Sibiya could take the baby and pre­tend it was her own.

Sibiya and Sibu­siso then per­suaded Mt­shali to ac­com­pany them into a forest­where they stran­gled her.

Sibiya then fled to Dur­ban and later handed her­self over to the po­lice. She con­fessed to the mur­der and pointed out the body.

Booyens said her ac­tions had been driven by such a des­per­ate love for Mthethwa that she com­mit­ted the evil deed.

But the cir­cum­stances were so ex­cep­tional, they jus­ti­fied a de­par­ture from the pre­scribed sen­tence of life in jail, said Booyens.

Her cousin has not been ar­rested. – Sapa

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