Mpuma 5 convicted of murder, robbery

2014-01-21 21:00
(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

(Nielen Bottomley, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - Five men were convicted on Tuesday of taking part in a robbery in which a security guard was killed in Mpumalanga six years ago.

Victor Mathebula, 31, Mahlatse Gian Matsane, 30, Beanen Mpho Matsane, 31, Obbey Seerane, 25, and Socha Sunday Mokoena, 25, pleaded not guilty in the Nelspruit Circuit of the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The five were arrested separately in connection with attacks on two petrol stations in Thulamahashe, Bushbuckridge, on 6 and 7 December, 2007

Charges against a sixth suspect, Noel Mashele, 26, were withdrawn because of a lack of evidence.

Mathebula told the court he was in a six-man gang which arrived at a shop at a Shell garage in Thulamahashe at 22:30 on 6 December.

He testified that one of them used an iron bar to break open the door to the shop, where they took cash from the tills.

They arrived at a filling station in Hluvukani village, outside Thulamahashe, with the intention of robbing it, at 01:15 on 7 December.

On finding workers asleep, they woke them up pretending they wanted to buy petrol and airtime, but robbed them of their belongings including cellphones, money, and a firearm.

Mathebula told the court that Matsane shot the security guard and that Mokoena stabbed a woman with a knife.

Testifying in mitigation of sentence, Mathebula said he had not participated in the robberies, but had been only a passenger in the gang's car.

"I was only involved in the part of buying of petrol at one of the garages. I never stabbed or shot anyone. I am remorseful of what happened and have apologised to the victims and the deceased's family," he said in an affidavit read to the court by his lawyer.

However, his submission was rejected by Judge Ronel Tolmay.

"Mathebula was there voluntarily and he was not forced. The buying of the petrol was meant to cover suspicion of their intention to rob. He was also part of the group and he is guilty as charged with the rest," she said.

Prosecutor JJ Jacobs asked the court to impose the prescribed sentence on all five, because of the seriousness of the offence and because some of them had previous convictions dating back to 2001.

Tolmay said that although the murder was not premeditated, what remained was that a man was killed and a woman was stabbed.

"Although Mahlatse admitted through his defence that he made a mess by killing the security guard that was not actually the plan. There was also no reason for stabbing the other victim," Tolmay said.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday for sentencing.

- SAPA
Read more on:    mbombela
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.