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KZN child killer gets 20 years in jail

2012-02-29 22:42

Pietermaritzburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man was jailed for 20 years by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday for killing his fiancée's three-year-old son.

Emmanuel Mgenge, 42, said he argued with his fianc, Sindi, over the phone and she threatened to have him killed.

She also said she would give the child to him. Mgenge said he was angry because she had been unfaithful to him and kept his lobola down payment.

"I thought how Sindi had treated me and lost my temper. I took a knife and slit Nzuzo Nqashi's throat," he said.

Mgenge handed himself over to police on the day of the murder.

State advocate Dheelan Naidoo said the child had trusted Mgenge, who had transferred his anger at his fiancée to the boy. It was a very personal attack as he had to pull the child's head back to expose the throat.

Judge Rishi Seegobin said murder was the worst crime against a person, and it was made more shocking and disturbing by the fact that the victim was a child.

Comments
  • Yolande Steyn - 2012-03-01 03:24

    worst crime in SA gets you 20 years!!!! decaying society evident

  • Caroline Musindo - 2012-03-01 05:48

    this guy is crazy crazy crazy. it was only a child.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-03-01 06:01

    Harsher Punishments are needed!!! These murders need to be sentences to death, not a life of FREE DSTV, MEDICAL, EDUCATION, FOOD, WATER, ROOF over there HEADS!!! STONE THEM, ELECTROCUTE THEM, OFF WITH THEIR HEADS...If we didnt have to look after criminals imagine how much tax money could be used on Medical or education... Our ANC Government sucks they need to wake up and make something happen

  • Guy Bishop - 2012-03-01 06:33

    20 years!!?? This is a JOKE! That child never got a shot at life. This guy will probably walk after 12 years! That would be the death penalty in a lot of US states and at least life without parole in the other states! And they are a 1st world country. Disgusting, now our tax money must be spent to help keep this child killer alive and well in prison. The system is rotten to the core!

  • Bronwyn Koch - 2012-03-01 06:37

    20 years is a joke for murder! Should be at least life in prison or death penalty! The guy that killed the kids with the train also only got 20 years! Thats disgusting! Until the crime fits the punishment-crime will continue to pay in our country! Never mind just killing a human-killing a child is so much worse! I say lock these monsters away and throw away the key!

  • Bronwyn Koch - 2012-03-01 06:38

    20 years is a joke for murder! Should be at least life in prison or death penalty! The guy that killed the kids with the train also only got 20 years! Thats disgusting! Until the crime fits the punishment-crime will continue to pay in our country! Never mind just killing a human-killing a child is so much worse! I say lock these monsters away and throw away the key!

  • Sarita De Villiers - 2012-03-01 06:39

    Killing your own child!What a cruel act and then in a few years het can go home as a free man.People in SA need to stand together stop blaming the past but start building a better future for our children.

  • Tulani - 2012-03-01 07:16

    Mzantsi ma beloved country you are joke and shame to my existence...

  • braamc - 2012-03-01 07:36

    20 years? WTF

  • Samukelisiwe Tana Shelembe - 2012-03-01 07:46

    20 yrs? if you murder someone you deserve a life sentence. we need the death sentence back to reduce these murder crimes.

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2012-03-01 07:50

    This guy is barbaric. They should slit his throat in prison with a blunt blade.

  • Nitroman316 - 2012-03-01 08:10

    Humphreys get 20 also for killing 10 innocent kids? Jussus some judgement system we having.

  • Rainbow - 2012-03-01 12:31

    Only in africa can a person pull the head of child back, like one would do a cow, and slit its throat. Sick!

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