Mur­der­ers jailed for 30 years

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TWO WOMEN ac­cused of killing a Le­na­sia phar­macy stu­dent have been found guilty of mur­der in the high court sit­ting in Palm Ridge on Fri­day and jailed for an ef­fec­tive 30 years.

Alexis Mare, 32, and Sharon du Preez, 45, were charged with the March 2016 mur­der of Jaishika Amtha, rob­bery and the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

They re­ceived 20 years for mur­der, 10 for rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances, five for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm and an ad­di­tional three years for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion.

Some of the sen­tences will run con­cur­rently, mean­ing they will serve an ef­fec­tive 30 years in jail.

Mare and Du Preez said they had as­sisted Amtha, 23, to com­mit sui­cide as she had been suf­fer­ing from cancer and did not want her fam­ily to find out.

The court heard that Amtha had met the ac­cused through the global on­line mar­ket­place OLX, where she had posted a few items for sale.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, they had tricked Amtha into open­ing the door for them.

Her mother, Prav­ina, found her body after re­turn­ing home from the tem­ple. Amtha had been bound, gagged and shot twice in the head.

A month after her death, mem­bers of the pro­vin­cial task team, com­pris­ing War­rant Of­fi­cers Ra­jan Goven­der, Ra­jen Nages­sar and Pravad Maharaj, ar­rested the ac­cused.

Fam­ily spokesper­son Dharmesh Kanti said they were happy with the sen­tence, how­ever, ev­ery day was a strug­gle for Amtha’s par­ents, Di­nesh and Prav­ina Amtha.

“Daily, her mother has to walk past the room where she found her only child dead. This or­deal has not been easy on her par­ents. We have been at ev­ery court case wait­ing for jus­tice.”

He said Amtha was one of the top 10 stu­dents in her class at univer­sity and was given a bur­sary to com­plete her Mas­ter’s de­gree.

“The only thing help­ing us through this or­deal are her mem­o­ries.”

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Alexis Mare and Sharon du Preez were found guilty of mur­der, rob­bery and the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

Jaishika Amtha

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