Nun's killers to be sentenced

2015-05-15 05:52
(Jeff Wicks, News24)

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

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Pietermaritzburg - The Pietermaritzburg High Court is expected sentence two men convicted of the rape, robbery and murder of Catholic nun Gertrud Tiefenbacher on Friday.

Mondli Shozi, 26 and Sbongiseni Phungula, 25, pleaded guilty to Tiefenbacher’s slaying at the Sacred Heart Convent in Ixopo last month.

On Thursday, the court heard argument in mitigation and aggravation of sentencing.

Sister Tiefenbacher, who was Austrian born, was found dead on the floor next to her bed in her room.

Her hands were bound together by the cord of her electric typewriter and a wet towel, believed to have been used to suffocate her, was over her face.

In their statements that were read to the court, the two men explained that they had known each other by sight, but that the night of April 18 was the first time that had socialised at a tavern in Ixopo.

Phungula said in his statement that he had drunk a bottle of cane spirits and a bottle of brandy before he and Shozi decided to head into the nearby woods.

On their way to the forest, they passed the Sacred Heart Convent and decided to enter the kitchen and steal food.

But as they were walking down a passageway in the convent, Sister Tiefenbacher disturbed them.

Shozi, in his statement, said Tiefenbacher shouted at them before he grabbed her, with one arm around her chest and another around her neck, before dragging her back into her room.

Phungula then tied her up and raped her.

Shozi said he then left the room and went to the kitchen.

It was then in his statement that Phungula also admitted to raping the 86-year-old and seeing her still moving as he left the room to join Shozi in the kitchen.

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