‘Not sorry’ killer jailed

2010-12-01 00:00

ONE of the men who was arrested for the savage murder of South Coast woman June Wallis (76) was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Port Shepstone Regional Court on Monday.

Mbongeni Abednego Maphumulo was arrested for the murder a few weeks ago and was found guilty on charges of robbery, culpable homicide and rape.

Regional Court magistrate Johan Bester, said he could not find any reason to impose a lesser sentence.

“It is your first offence, but throughout this trial you have not once shown that you were sorry for what you have done,” said Bester.

“You never showed any remorse or tried to apologise to the family of the victim.”

After hearing the information that Maphumulo had presented to the court describing the attack on Wallis, police were able to arrest a second suspect at the weekend — Jabulani Freeman Mkhize.

In a separate case, Mkhize appeared in the Port Shepstone Regional Court yesterday, where he applied for legal aid after making the decision to plead not guilty to the charges.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, communications officer for the SA Police Force in Port Shepstone, said that the hefty sentence given to Maphumulo was just.

“The attack on Mrs Wallis was of a savage nature and the punishment fits accordingly,” said Wiid.

“Though what happened was tragic, we are pleased to see that justice has taken its course and that those responsible are being held accountable for their actions.”

Maphumulo, who pleaded guilty to the charges, received five years for the robbery charge, 10 years for the culpable homicide charge and life imprisonment for the rape charge.

His sentences will all run concurrently.

Maphumulo, who is from KwaXaba near Port Shepstone, will now go to prison for 25 years.

In June this year Wallis was raped and strangled in the Orange Rocks area on a pathway near St Michael’s beach after being attacked while walking her dog.

One of her dogs stayed with her body and continued barking, which alertedanother woman who was walking her dogs. She found the body and contacted the police.

Wallis was found tied up with her shoelaces.

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