Stran­gler’s de­fence doesn’t hold up

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SCOTT PAT­TER­SON

RA­MAK­GALE Ge­orge Mokoena, con­victed of stran­gling his part­ner af­ter he dis­cov­ered she was cheat­ing on him, claimed in mit­i­ga­tion that he only put his hands around her neck to make her let go of his tes­ti­cles.

The Pre­to­ria High Court heard that the fight to the death took place on Novem­ber 28 last year, when Mokoena went to visit Te­bogo Brenda Ra­mafatse at Tshikon­deni Mine in Venda, where she lived and worked.

Mokoena saw an SMS on her phone, but when he ac­cused her of be­ing un­faith­ful, she at­tacked him.

He claimed he had killed her by ac­ci­dent. “I did not in­tend to kill her. I only wanted to get her hands off my pri­vate parts.”

He told the court: “She hit me with her fist and grabbed my pri­vate parts… I was in pain… so I bit her hand. This did not help. I then held her throat with both my hands.”

Yes­ter­day Judge Elias Mo­to­jane re­jected Mokoena’s claim. He said it would have been dif­fi­cult for Mokoena to bite his part­ner’s knuck­les while she was, by his own ad­mis­sion, us­ing both her hands to squeeze his tes­ti­cles. He found Mokoena punched and throt­tled her till she lay mo­tion­less.

He then put her body in the boot of his car and drove around with her for the week­end, be­fore dump­ing her body on the pave­ment in front of his cousin’s house in Pre­to­ria.

He’d pinned a note to her chest, which said she’d told him she was in love with an­other man. The body was later dis­cov­ered by a po­lice­man.

Mokoena will be sen­tenced on Oc­to­ber 4.

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