Nquthu shooter sentenced to life imprisonment

2015-06-23 17:12

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Durban - The man who fired the shots that killed a teacher and pupil in Nquthu was handed a life sentence in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday.

Sibongiseni Mdakane, 32, was convicted on Monday of killing 47-year-old Vusi Ntombela and 14-year-old Elizabeth Nhleko.

Mdakane pleaded guilty to the killings, the wounding of a 12-year-old pupil as well as possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Natasha Ramkisson, said he was given a life sentence for the murder of Ntombela and 18 years for the murder of Nhleko. He was handed an eight-year sentence for the attempted murder of the 12-year old pupil, five years for the possession of the unlicensed firearm and three years for the illegal possession of ammunition.

All the sentences are to run concurrently

Mdakane entered the classroom at Luvisi Primary on June 2 and shot Ntombela, who was also speaker in the local municipality.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said Mbhekiseni Khambule, who is alleged to have hired Mdakane to kill Ntombela for R15 000, would appear in the Nquthu Magistrate’s Court later on Tuesday.

The Witness newspaper reported that Mdakane had told Judge David Ntshangase that he had been hired to kill Ntombela. He said two of the shots he had fired had missed Ntombela and struck the two pupils.

He told the court that after Ntombela had fallen, he had shot him again.

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