Diepsloot child killer receives 9 life sentences

2014-10-29 12:04
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Pretoria - Diepsloot child rapist and killer Ntokozo Hadebe has been sentenced to nine life sentences plus 15 years, according to reports.

eNCA reported that North Gauteng High Court Judge Nico Coetzee on Wednesday sentenced Hadebe on three charges of murder, six of rape and three of kidnapping.

In September 2013 he murdered Anelisa Mkhonto, aged 5. The next month he murdered Yonelisa Mali, aged 2, and her cousin Zandile, aged 3, in Diepsloot.

According to Eyewitness News the high court judge said during sentencing that Hadebe acted like an animal when committing the crime.

Coetzee said he was completely aware of what he was doing and and showed no remorse during the trial.

As Hadebe was taken to his cell, he swore and showed hand gestures to the judge, EWN reported.

The court found Hadebe lured the little girls from the safety of their homes and took them to his shack, where he raped them vaginally and anally before suffocating or strangling them.

He took Anelisa's body to a nearby dumping site. He left the bodies of the cousins in a public toilet.

Coetzee ruled that Hadebe's confession to a magistrate was admissible as evidence against him. In it Hadebe told in detail how he first raped and killed the 3-year-old girl by twisting a wire coat hanger around her neck before he raped the 2-year-old.

He said he killed her because the public was searching for the children and she was "out of control" and did not want to go to sleep.

Two medical professionals testified that both children had sustained such serious genital injuries that they would have needed extensive surgery if they had survived.

Hadebe denied any involvement in the murders, but Coetzee said the evidence against him was overwhelming.

DNA results

The DNA test results conclusively proved that he had raped all three children. Their blood was found on a suitcase and other exhibits in his shack. There was no reason to doubt a neighbour's identification of the shack as Hadebe's

Two witnesses saw Hadebe with two little girls at a spaza shop the day Yonelisa and Zandile disappeared.

His confession to a magistrate emphasised his guilt, Coetzee added.

Asked if he had anything to say in mitigation, Hadebe at first said he did not know what his advocate wanted him to say.

Then he suddenly told the court he could not remember anything of the case, which "came in through one ear and exited the other".

Hadebe claimed his head "was not functioning that well" and that he "started to become insane" in 2005 because he started drinking heavily.

"I thought it's apparent to everyone that I'm not well in my head," he said.

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