Another long sentence for Corrie Sanders' killer

2015-06-24 19:42
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Pretoria - A Zimbabwean man who murdered former heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders was on Wednesday sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria to life imprisonment for a murder in the same area about two weeks earlier.

Judge Lettie Molopa sentenced Samuel Mabena, 31, and Bismack Dick, 29, to life imprisonment for breaking into the house of Brits farmer Mauritz Oberholzer, 66, murdering him and robbing him and his wife Rita of a rifle safe, firearm and jewellery in September 2012.

Mabena and two other Zimbabwean men were earlier this year sentenced to 30 years imprisonment for murdering Sanders at a lodge near Brits on September 22 2012.

Sanders' brother Mike supported Oberholzer's family during the trial.

Dick is presently serving a 10-year prison sentence for a robbery in the same area with the firearm robbed from the Oberholzers.

Mabena and Dick were part of a gang which broke down the Oberholzers' security gate, front door and bedroom door before shooting him to death execution-style while he was trying to protect his wife, who managed to hide in the bathroom.

Molopa said the crimes were heinous and despicable.

She said murder and robbery was prevalent in South Africa and had now become rampant lawlessness in the hands of young criminals.

"Society cries out for protection against criminals, who should not go to prison one day and return to society the next showing bold faces as heroes of society.

"They must serve their sentences and when they return, they must respect the right to life and dignity of all citizens.

"...You had no respect for the life of Mr Oberholzer, his wife or their property... You were just merciless that day," she said.

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