Youth ap­peal­ing against 38-year sen­tence

Observer on Saturday - - News -

He was con­victed and sen­tenced to 38 years in pri­son for rap­ing and mur­der­ing an el­derly woman, a 21-year-old man has filed an ap­peal against his sen­tence at the Supreme Court.

Sa­belo Kunene in his ap­pli­ca­tion stated that the sen­tence in­duced a sense of shock to him and that he is still young. Pro Deo Coun­sel, lawyer Philile Dlamini, sub­mit­ted in the bail ap­pli­ca­tion that the con­vict was also a first time of­fender, some­thing which should have been con­sid­ered by the High Court be­fore sen­tenc­ing.

Ap­peared

Kunene ap­peared be­fore Jus­tices Robert Cloete, Ja­cobus An­nan­dale and Stan­ley Mapha­lala who, how­ever, had to post­pone his ap­peal to Oc­to­ber 9.

Kunene com­mit­ted the of­fence at Mpaka where he raped the de­ceased be­fore killing her, an in­ci­dent that sent shock within the com­mu­nity. Ac­cord­ing to one of the wit­nesses, a grand­daugh­ter to the de­ceased, she was asleep on the night in ques­tion when she sud­denly heard her grand­mother scream­ing and when she rushed there, she dis­cov­ered that her grand­mother was dead.

Sen­tenced

The High Court sen­tenced him to 20 years in pri­son for mur­der and 18 years fur­ther for the rape.

His mat­ter could not kick-off ow­ing to the fact that the Prose­cu­tor in the mat­ter, Si­fiso Maseko has since re­signed from the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions (DPP’s) of­fice and has joined pri­vate prac­tice.

Judge Cloete, af­ter the post­pone­ment, stated that this was the last post­pone­ment as the mat­ter will pro­ceed in Oc­to­ber as al­ready set.

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