Life for Pretoria pensioner's killers

2012-11-19 20:00

Pretoria - A 28-year-old security guard and his friend were jailed for life on Monday for murdering 70-year-old German pensioner Ute Wiing in her Pretoria home two years ago.

The High Court in Pretoria sentenced Amos Mokgabudi, a security guard at Wiing's townhouse complex in Equestria, east of Pretoria, and his friend Frans Madiba to life and 15 years imprisonment each on charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Wiing was suffocated after being severely assaulted, trussed up and gagged. Her two attackers made off with her car, computer and other personal items.

Brian Mathebe was sentenced to in effect 15 years in jail for the illegal possession of Wiing's stolen car and a 9mm pistol with the serial number filed off. He had been caught driving Wiing's black Kia Picanto.

Madiba was in possession of Wiing's car on the morning of her murder, his fingerprints were found on her bathroom window and her computer, and some of her possessions were found in his room.

Some of the murdered woman's possessions were also found in Mokgabudi's room and Wiing's daughter found photos of him loaded onto her mother's computer after the murder.

Acting Judge Bert Bam said it was clear that the frail, ageing Wiing had died a painful and horrible death.

"It was a cruel, vicious and savage attack in the dark of night on a defenceless woman in the relative safety of her own home.

"The way they dealt with the deceased showed no mercy.

"She was trussed up so tightly that she was strangled and suffocated.

"The injuries to the side of her head and rib fractures create the impression that she was in fact tortured.

"The deceased turned 70 two weeks before her death. She was active and liked to travel. She also travelled through Africa.

"The trauma of her death severely affected her grandsons. One grandson was with his mother when the body was discovered.

"The second grandson was undergoing therapy at the time as a result of the death of one of his teachers. His grandmother's death aggravated his condition," Bam said.

He said the personal circumstances of the accused - Mokgabudi and Madiba both have two children - receded into the background in matters of such a serious nature.

"It is disturbing and very frightening that incidents of this nature are rife and prevalent across our country.

"People looking for a safe environment move to security complexes where security guards are on duty 24-hours per day.

"Mokgabudi, a security guard at the deceased's complex, was actually in a position of trust on whom the occupants of the complex relied for their safety."

He had abused this trust to kill and rob Wiing.

"The reason why he killed her is obvious. She probably recognised him," said Bam.

"The robbery was clearly carefully planned and premeditated. This is a serious aggravating factor.

"The fact that no member of the public is safe any longer, not even in security complexes, is too ghastly to contemplate.

"The message is that crimes of this nature will be met with the full force of the law and will be severely punished," he said.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Watch: Investing in the future through child development

An investment of R32-million into 11 early childhood development centres is changing the future for children in the Northern Cape.

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.


For the love of Corgis!

WATCH: 35 Corgi's to make your day! If they’re good enough for the Queen of England they’re good enough for us.



Can we communicate with our pets?
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Buying a puppy? Don’t get scammed!
WATCH: These funny animal videos will make you LOL!
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.