Justice for family in Harding

2011-08-26 00:00

JUSTICE has prevailed for a Harding family after their relative, Muhle Mbhoto (25), was shot and killed in June last year.

Reuben Qaja Themba was found guilty of three charges by a court in Harding on Tuesday.

According to a police report, Themba visited a person in the Zwelisha Ward in Harding.

“He requested the person, who was also a witness in the case, to go to a tavern with him to look for his cellphone,” said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

She said the men met the victim, Muhle Mbotho (25), and his girlfriend.

An altercation broke out between Themba and Mbotho, resulting in Themba shooting the victim in the stomach.

“Mbotho was taken to St Andrews hospital where he died,” said Wiid.

After an investigation by Harding police Themba was arrested and appeared in the Harding court in November last year.

Police recovered the firearm with live rounds that was used in the murder.

Investigating officers further established that Themba had no licence to keep a firearm.

Trial was set for March this year and themba was convicted in August.

He received a life sentence for murder, 25 years’ imprisonment for possession of a firearm without a licence and 20 years for possession of ammunition without a licence.

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