Trio get life for killing couple for R3.50

2015-03-13 05:00
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Pretoria - Three Winterveld men, who gunned down an elderly couple in a busy Soshanguve street three years ago, have been sentenced to life in prison by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Judge Lettie Malopa-Sethosa on Wednesday sentenced Victor Mbuyiseni Simango to two life terms and 38 years' imprisonment on charges of murder, two of robbery with aggravating circumstances, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Solomon Selekane and Collen Peter Malopo were each sentenced to two life terms and 23 years' imprisonment. All sentences are to run concurrently.

The three were convicted in December 2014 of murdering Chris Jooste, 62, and his wife Katrien, 61, and robbing them of R3.50 in cash.

They were shot dead while delivering stock to a spaza shop in Soshanguve.

Jooste was shot in the stomach while on his way back to his bakkie. His wife was shot in the chest when she tried to defend herself with pepper spray. She managed to phone her daughter Belinda. They died on their way to hospital.

Simango was convicted of robbing the Joostes of R500 while they were delivering stock in Soshanguve 16 days earlier.

A fourth accused, Nkomo Romeo Mathebula, is still being sought by the police after escaping from custody at the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate's Court last year.

Malopa-Sethosa described the murders as a heinous act.

"Every single day in all provinces there are murders and robberies committed," she said.

"Young people like you are arrested every day with unlicensed firearms in their possession. This has become their daily bread."

The three, who all have young children, maintained they were innocent of the murders, although Simango admitted robbing the Joostes a few days earlier.

Malopa-Sethosa said they had not displayed any remorse and refused to take responsibility.

She said Selekane's tears in court were not out of remorse, but because he was cornered in cross-examination.

The judge said a letter by the couple's daughter Belinda showed the family had been devastated by the murders.

 

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