Stabbing: Burglar gets 35 years for killing woman (71)

2011-11-01 00:00

A 24-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment for robbing and killing Louise Pitzer (71) of Umtentweni on May 29 this year.

Fezile Hlangansio was sentenced in the Durban high court last Wednesday.

He was found guilty of murder, for which he was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, and robbery and house housebreaking, for which he received a 15-year term.

The sentences will run concurrently.

Hlanganiso gained entry to Pitzer’s house by removing a window pane. He waited for her to come home and stabbed her in the neck.

Hard work by the dedicated forensic team of Captain Nico van Wyk and Warrant Officer Brian Henning helped to trace Hlanganiso.

He was tracked down to Port St Johns where he was arrested on June 30.

The victim’s stolen jewellery and Volkswagen Polo were found in his possession.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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