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Pretoria spade killer 'liked victim'

2011-11-16 21:42

Pretoria - A gardener who admitted to beating a Pretoria woman to death with a spade in a hired killing told the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday that he liked his victim.

Lucas Moloi, 35, of QwaQwa in the Free State, testified in mitigation of sentence.

He said it had not been his plan to kill Cordelia Prinsloo at her house in Kameeldrift in October 2009, but that Prinsloo's ex-husband, Cobus, had "pushed" him to do it.

Moloi said Prinsloo offered him R50 000 and a house to kill his wife, an air hostess, even though he and Cordelia had a very good relationship and he liked her.

Moloi said he came from a humble background and earned a meagre salary working for a security company in Rustenburg.

Prinsloo offered him a better paying job in Pretoria several months before the murder.

Moloi said Prinsloo promised him no one would ever know about the murder because he would make sure no one ever found the body.

Moloi believed he would get away with murder.

"With the benefit of hindsight I've learnt my lesson and I will never do something like this again," he said.

"It was the very first time I was involved in this kind of situation. I promise I will come out of prison a better person."

Forgiveness

Moloi said he was sorry about what he did and asked the victim's family and friends to forgive him.

He revealed that he had been receiving treatment for HIV and tuberculosis since being diagnosed earlier this year.

Moloi said he was willing to testify for the State in Prinsloo's trial, which began before another judge this week.

Moloi's lawyer, Justice Mogotsi, said there were mitigating factors, including that his client was a first offender, admitted guilt and was remorseful.

He argued that Moloi should be sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.

Prosecutor Josie van der Westhuysen asked for a much longer term of imprisonment for what she described as a carefully planned and cold-blooded contract killing.

She argued that Moloi agreed to kill an innocent beautiful woman with whom he had a good relationship with for money, which was extremely reprehensible.

Judge Winston Msimeki will sentence Moloi on Thursday.

Comments
  • ruth.marais - 2011-11-16 22:17

    Wow! What happened to the ex husband, or is this a stupid question???

      Grant - 2011-11-16 22:23

      Yes it is a stupid question - failure to read! "Moloi said he was willing to testify for the State in Prinsloo's trial, which began before another judge this week." To me, the fact that he 'liked' his victim is not a mitigating circumstance but rather compounds the heartless and brutal nature of this quasi-human!!

  • phathuchicos - 2011-11-16 22:23

    Something is wrong in our society...people with cash are taking advantage of poor black people's bad crime record to do their evil deeds in return for money. From the Dewanis to this...why can't they just do their evil ambitions alone instead of damaging a society which is already fragile.

      Chabi - 2011-11-16 22:54

      Bull's eye... 100% true, where have you been.. Mo-Africa ?

      Travis - 2011-11-17 10:06

      I agree. Its sad that the poor are coaxed with riches to do evil, but ultimitely the choice to go through with the murder was his own. Sounds like he had a fairly long time to contemplate his actions before the murder = Premeditated, 1st Degree Murder = Life.

      Merven - 2011-11-17 13:15

      Sorry Azanian, Circumstances don't create a person, it reveals character. If the people were of good character, they wouldn't have committed the murders.

      Cheryl - 2011-11-17 18:59

      Even in poverty there is no excuse for murder, the husband was evil but the killer just as bad. i have travelled thru africa and thru many very very poor african villages where old fashioned morals would never allow this. the husband and killer are both just as evil. there is no excuse.... they have sold their souls. as have all the other scum that murder for a cell phone and a wallet.

  • Evan - 2011-11-16 22:35

    Moloi, the poster child for rehabilitation... sure, absolutely! He beats a woman to death with a spade and assures the public that after his sentence he'll be a better person. I think not! He is filled to overflowing with remorse and regret, only because he was caught. Worse still, is he claims to have liked his victim... but still murders her. I agree with Grant, if anything, it compounds the heartless nature of his act.

  • Lana-May - 2011-11-17 08:06

    Throw them both in jail..... bloddy rubbish!

  • Tyron - 2011-11-17 09:55

    smash him with a spade

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