Strangler’s defence doesn’t hold up
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.