Life sentence for smiling killer husband

2015-06-26 17:22
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Pretoria - A Pretoria businessman and two men who helped him murder his pregnant partner seven years ago were sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday to life imprisonment.

Judge Winston Msimeki sentenced Waverley-based businessman Brooklyn Peter Moon, 43, and Thapelo Kekana, 27, and Tshepiso Maluleke, 31, to life imprisonment for murdering Moon's partner Antoinette Botha on June 26 2008.

Moon seemed unperturbed by his sentence and smiled at his family before being led down to the court cells.

Ugandan traditional healer Umalu Waluzimbi, 45, was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment on a charge of conspiring with the others to murder Botha.

Botha, 45, who worked as a matron at the Moot Hospital in Pretoria, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their second son.

She was found bludgeoned to death with a brick in their main bedroom. The scene was staged to look like a robbery.

Moon refused to testify, but the court accepted a confession in which he admitted planning Botha's murder.

Wanted muti to kill his wife

Waluzimbi testified that Moon had approached him to throw the bones for protection as he was always at war with his wife, who had found out about an affair.

He later wanted muti to kill his wife, but became angry when she did not die and asked where he could get a firearm.

Waluzimbi involved Maluleke, who roped in his friend Kekana. 

Msimeki described Moon's conduct as dastardly and the murder as gruesome and of the worst cases he had ever come across.

"This murder was properly planned. Everything seems to have been done to precision. Meetings were held to ensure everything was a success. The deceased appears to have been doing night duty as a health official. She had been sleeping at the time of the attack."

"One shudders to imagine what she went through when she opened her eyes and realised she was being killed by her husband and his colleagues.

"We can only imagine [she] must have pleaded with them to... spare her life. Whatever she said to them must still be echoing in their ears and will possibly persist until they die," he said.

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