Child killer breaks down after sentencing

2014-02-18 11:08
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Johannesburg - A Gauteng man has received two life sentences and a further seven years in jail for kidnapping, raping and murdering an Ekurhuleni girl, it was reported on Tuesday.

Modise Motapane sobbed bitterly in the South Gauteng High Court, sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court, when the sentence was handed down, The Star reported.

 Motapane left 4-year-old Keabetswe Tshabalala’s body hanging on the wall of a dilapidated building after he raped and murdered her.

Motapane’s DNA was found on the little girl’s panties and vagina.

While Keabetswe’s mother was satisfied with the sentence she told the newspaper she could not understand why Motapane killed her child.

She said she still did not know how to tell her 6-year-old son that his sister was never coming home.

Judge Maxeke Mabesele said Motapane was a hardcore criminal who was not remorseful.

The sentencing comes just a month and a half after a Brakpan man confessed to raping and killing his 4-year-old niece.

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