Youth appealing against 38-year sentence
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.
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.
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.