Convicted killer gets additional 41 years

2012-12-11 00:00

A 27-YEAR-OLD man, already serving a hefty sentence for murder, received an additional 41 years for another murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and theft, at Ramsgate high court yesterday.

Fezile Hlanganiso was convicted in November for the murder of Southport man, Peter Smith (84).

Smith was found hacked to death in his bathroom by a friend on May 7 eariler this year.

Presiding Judge Jacqueline Henriques said South Africa had the highest crime rates for murder, rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances and that harm was done to the elderly more regularly because they lived on their own and were vulnerable.

“The deceased was killed in the most brutal manner …

“The doctor said there were defensive wounds, which means there was a struggle … he had survived two to three hours after the attack and was in extreme pain,” she said.

During sentencing, Henriques said that there were no compelling and substantial circumstances that allowed departure from the minimum sentence.

Hlanganiso was sentenced to 25 years for murder, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and 12 months for theft.

The last two will run concurrently with the life sentence.

Wearing grey track suit pants and a striped formal shirt, Hlanganiso showed no remorse for his actions and gazed round the gallery smiling as Henriques read out his sentence.

Despite having left school in Standard 2 (Grade 4), Hlanganiso conducted his own defence and said he will also draft his own appeal on the sentence and conviction on Thursday.

In November, the Durban high court sentenced Hlanganiso to 35 years in prison for the murder of Louise Pitzer (71) of Umtentweni in the South Coast.

Pitzer was murdered in May and police had found a bush knife covered in blood on his premises.

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