Woman gets life sentence for murdering mother-in-law

2014-06-25 14:43

A woman who arranged her mother-in-law’s murder has been jailed for life by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg.

Judge Nompumelelo Radebe said that mother-in-law, Sindile Alphina Pearce (64), died at the hands of her daughter-in-law, Lillian Phebome Pearce (41), who was a government clerk.

Lillian recruited a hitman, Mvikelwa Khanyile (29), who was also jailed for life.

Radebe said the aggravating factors outweighed the circumstances that would allow her to deviate from the prescribed life sentence.

The state alleged that Lillian arranged the hit on her mother-in-law as she believed she was sowing division between her and her husband.

Khanyile obtained a firearm and recruited Bheki Ndlovu to execute the plan.

In April 2011, assassins went to Sindile’s home. She was lured to a window, where she was shot. She died of chest wounds.

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