Man jailed for hijacking, killing woman

2013-03-06 07:41
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Mthatha - The Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday concluded the sentencing of a man convicted of hijacking, robbing and murdering a 27-year-old woman, according to Eastern Cape police.

Captain Jackson Manatha said the man used a young girl to trap Nwabisa Senge in February last year.

The girl posed as a hitchhiker and Senge, who had been on her way to collect her mother from a funeral, stopped to give the girl a lift.

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"It is alleged that she stopped her car with the purpose of assisting the girl but suddenly four men appeared from the bush and pointed a firearm at her. She was pushed into the boot of her car and driven to a forest near Theko Fihla," said Manatha.

"The suspects forced her to give them her bank card and the PIN code of the card. They managed to withdraw money from the bank and they later killed her. The mother of the woman waited for her daughter who never came to fetch her from the funeral and she reported her missing to the Centane police."

Senge's body was found floating in the Theko Fihla river a day later.

Simphiwe Tshibo, 41, was arrested the day after the body was discovered.

"Three schoolboys and a girl were also arrested. During the course of the trial, all the students were cleared of the crime and Tshibo was implicated as the person who hijacked, robbed and murdered the deceased," said Manatha.

Last Thursday, Tshibo was found guilty of murder, robbery, kidnapping and possession of a firearm without licence.

He was handed a life sentence for murder, 10 years for kidnapping, 10 years for robbery and five years for the possession of an unlicensed firearm.

The sentences for the murder, kidnap and robbery would run concurrently.

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