Father gets 25 years for daughter’s murder

2017-06-21 06:02

THE Regional Court magistrate said it was the most horrific crime he had ever dealt with as he sentenced a father who had murdered his two-year-old daughter to 25 years imprisonment.

At the trial in the Greytown Regional Court on 15 June the accused, 37-year-old Phumeza Phumangelakhe gave his reasons for killing his child stating he wanted the mother “to feel the same pain as he was feeling”.

The court heard that the accused had an argument with the mother of his child.
The following day, 18 November, 2016, the accused went to see the mother at her home in Townlands, Greytown. When he arrived he found the child with her aunt and was angry because the mother was not there.

The child, a two-year-old girl, went up to the accused, her father, to greet him. He bent down, removed a knife he had hidden in his socks and stabbed his daughter in the chest and abdomen. He left her lying, with gaping wounds, in the room and ran away.

The two year old was still alive when ambulance services attended the scene, but she succumbed to her injuries en route to hospital.

Regional Court prosecutor in addressing the court said the accused’s actions were barbaric and “it could not be fathomed that a father could so brutally murder a defenceless young child”.

She argued that instead of the 15 years minimum sentence the accused should be imprisoned for 25 years for such a barbaric crime. The magistrate, when sentencing, stated that in his entire career on the bench this was the most horrific crime to date that he had to deal with.

The accused was accordingly sentenced.

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