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Vic­tim’s fam­ily wel­come life sen­tence


THE fam­ily of mur­dered widow Venotha Ince has wel­comed the life sen­tence handed down to her killer.

Radha Pil­lay, Ince’s sis­ter, said she was sat­is­fied that jus­tice had been served, but this did not take away the trauma and grief that Ince’s bru­tal mur­der had caused them.

“We are happy that this tur­moil is over,” she said.

On Fri­day, Pi­eter­mar­itzburg High Court Act­ing Judge Piet Bezuiden­hout sen­tenced 33-year-old Skhum­buso Enoch Mkhize to life in prison for the mur­der. Mkhize also re­ceived 15 years for rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

Judge Bezuiden­hout said he could find no sub­stan­tial or com­pelling cir­cum­stances to jus­tify a sen­tence less than life, tak­ing into ac­count that Ince had been a de­fence­less woman who was at­tacked in the sanc­tity of her own home by a man she trusted.

Ince was stabbed to death on April 25 last year by Mkhize, a car­pen­ter who was help­ing to ren­o­vate her home, and two other men iden­ti­fied as “Themba and Rasta”.

Ince, 51, was found ly­ing dead in a pool of blood at the bed­room door of her Egret Road cot­tage, where she lived alone. She had been stabbed 14 times in the face, neck and chest.

Her cell­phone was found in Mkhize’s pos­ses­sion.

In a con­fes­sion that Mkhize made when ar­rested, he said he had held Ince down while she was be­ing stabbed.

The judge re­marked on the bru­tal­ity of the crime and the fact that the mur­der had been mo­ti­vated by greed.

Be­ing led down to the cells, Mkhize said he was sorry for what he had done.

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