Court: Revenge killer jailed

2008-06-27 00:00

SWEETWATERS man Siphiwe Maphumulo (28) was yesterday jailed for life for the revenge killing of Bheki Sibiya, who allegedly murdered five people in Sobantu.

Sibiya was shot five times and Xolani Buthelezi was wounded in both legs in a tavern in November 2006. Maphumulo was sentence to five years’ jail for the attempt on Buthelezi’s life.

Judge Jan Hugo said it might have been an extenuating circumstance if Maphumulo had killed because of community frustration, but it seemed he had been a hitman. There was no evidence to justify a lesser sentence than life, he said, adding that the attacks were vicious.

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