Justice for little Karabo

2015-05-06 06:00
KARABO NALE, whose killer has been sentenced to 26 years’ effective imprisonment.

KARABO NALE, whose killer has been sentenced to 26 years’ effective imprisonment.

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THE aggrieved mother of a slain three-year-old girl from Kutlwanong says her daughter’s gruesome killing still haunts her ten months after the incident took place early in July last year.

Nomathemba Jankie says she is still devastated by the brutal manner in which her daughter Karabo Nale was killed.

She spends sleepless nights thinking about the “what ifs” and the brutality of her daughter’s death at the hands of the murder accused, Nompucuko Mavis Mahamo, who has been sentenced to 26 years’ effective imprisonment.

The accused was convicted and sentenced by the Virginia High Court on 20 April after being found guilty on two counts: murder and attempted murder.

Mahamo was sentenced to 18 years for Karabo’s murder.

The charge of attempted murder relates to the 10-year-old Khatlego Mokhuoane, who had been stabbed in the neck. The court heard that the convicted woman attacked and stabbed Mokhuoane on 30 June last year.

Jankie says her daughter’s killer was someone she trusted with the child.

“I think of the agony she inflicted with the multiple stab wounds. I trusted her, because she relates to my family. The surprise of her killing my little daughter is unbearable.

“I’m trying to come to terms with how my daughter was murdered.”

Jankie says she hoped that during the murder trial she would find answers to why the accused had killed her daughter, and learn more about possible circumstances that had led to the killing.

The child’s name means answer.

“I’m yet to find closure, despite the woman being found guilty and sentenced for the murder of my child. It’s painful for me.”

A postmortem done by the Welkom police revealed that the little girl had been stabbed 99 times with a knife by her assailant, the 23-year-old Mahamo.

The police found the victim’s body on 6 July in the open veld between the K9 and Block 2 residences in Kutlwanong, Odendaalsrus, after being alerted by a shepherd.

Jankie’s last encounter with her slain child was on 4 July when she left her in the care of Mahamo.

Upon the being found by the police, the victim’s face had been covered with a jersey. A packet of Nik Naks snacks and sweets were found next to the deceased at the crime scene.

The police said they had seized an okapi knife with dry blood stains, two used white candles and clothes with blood stains found in Mahamo’s possession.

Mahamo was arrested and charged for the murder of little Karabo Nale.

The accused was referred to the Bloemfontein Psychiatric Complex to undergo mental observation and was found fit to stand trial.

Molebogeng Lechesa, spokesperson of the Welkom police, says news of Mahamo stabbing Mokhuoane with a knife emerged after the accused’s photo was published with news relating to Karabo’s murder.

“Khatlego recognised the face of Mahamo and informed his mother, who reported the matter to the investigative officer, WO Ditaba Marumo. It was discovered that a case of attempted murder was registered earlier against the accused Mahamo,” Lechesa says.

She says the woman was unknown to Mokhuoane and his friend on the day of the attack in June

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