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Student cop found guilty of killing Soweto teen

2012-08-31 12:49

Johannesburg - Student Constable Sipho Mbatha was convicted of the murder of Soweto teenager Thato Mokoka by the South Gauteng High Court on Friday.

Judge Kathleen Satchwell said there was no evidence that disputed his act was not intentional.

"The barrel of the gun wasn't pointed at his feet or legs. The gun was pointed at his head and back. Any shooting would have resulted in death, not injury," she said.

"I heard no evidence that suggests Mokoka moved and accidentally caused the shooting. There's no evidence that suggests any of your clothing or uniform perhaps [latched] onto the trigger... ."

There was also no evidence suggesting the gun was not properly handled, thus leading to the shooting.
Satchwell said the fact Mbatha chose not to testify had an impact on the trial.

"I deeply regret that you did not give evidence."

Mbatha shot dead Mokoka, 16, outside his grandmother's house in Braamfischerville, Soweto, on February 14.

Police had been responding to a complaint that Mokoka was part of a gang and owned a firearm.
The firearm in question was never found.

Sentencing proceedings continue.

Comments
  • oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-08-31 12:52

    Now go to Marikana and do like wise.

      oageng.lekete.7 - 2012-08-31 16:17

      Hey! jou Jakalas,how many police officers died that day? moron. We are not and should not promote police state. No matter what your small brain is lying to you about, an enquiry is in the process en more jakalases sal dans. AND I am not your sir, fool.

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-31 13:01

    Good, now Nail this guy and his boss's.

  • Willie - 2012-08-31 13:08

    Student cop at the age of 41? Ai khona

      Willie - 2012-08-31 13:30

      @ JHLR73 spot on boet and this is exactly the problem in this country. 1 The screen of application forms --fraud 2 The interview--fraud 3 deployment after interview--fraud 4 Training -- not sufficient or based on ancient dogma The whole recruitment needs a total overhaul.Cpoy methods from other countries

  • cherie.kleynhans - 2012-08-31 13:25

    Don't you just feel SO damn safe in this country?? Wow its like Paradise!!! *Sarcasm of note*

  • john.jack.1612147 - 2012-08-31 13:25

    These ANC cops are no diffrent from the apartheid cop

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-08-31 13:26

    His decision not to testify indicates his guilt. If he could have said anything in his favour he would have testified.

  • kgolane.thulare - 2012-08-31 13:34

    Sometimes when you shoot to kill, it backfires on you. Thato Mokoka R.I.P.

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-08-31 13:47

    Another one for the hanging rope. Wow one every 12 hours and we will soon be free of all the scum in South Africa

  • tj.leeto - 2012-08-31 13:55

    A job well done by the judge, now let's see the sentencing...

  • Neal Sing - 2012-08-31 14:09

    Great news but he will probably be sentenced to five years suspended and community service or the dead boy will be charged with murder

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-08-31 14:16

    let's go JUB JUB's case and do like wise.

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-08-31 14:17

    I feel sorry for the guy because he is the symptom of the wrong which is rotten training.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-08-31 14:36

    Sorry sir you've failed your apprenticeship,no worries, behind bars are a lot of experienced crimminals that will quickly, get you up to standard.

  • nokwazi.ndamase.5 - 2012-08-31 15:47

    Phew! I'm glad justice has been given to the family. I thought this one would also be thrown out the window. hoe refreshing.

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