Man gets 30 years for killing child

By Drum Digital
08 October 2012

A man was sentenced to 37 years in prison for murdering a five-year-old girl and injuring a seven-year-old girl in Matatiele, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

"Xolani Mlandeli was sentenced in the Kokstad Regional Court on Friday," Major Ernest Sigobe said.

"He was sentenced to 30 years for murder, five years for attempted murder, and two years for assault with aggravating circumstances. All counts will run concurrently."

The 35-year-old man attacked the two girls with a bush knife while they were on their way home from school. The five-year-old girl died on the scene.

Sigobe said Mlandeli was arrested on the same day and was under the influence of alcohol at the time.

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