Wife killer gets 10 years

2014-06-18 19:02


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Mbombela - An Mpumalanga man convicted of killing his wife after suspecting her of cheating was handed a 10-year jail sentence on Wednesday.

Raymond Fanny Mathebula, 27, of Mahushu Trust outside Hazyview, was arrested on 28 April 2012, for the murder of Bongiwe Magagula, 24.

He pleaded guilty to a murder charge when he appeared in the Nelspruit Regional Court, saying he did not intend to kill his wife, a Sapa correspondent reported.

He kicked his wife to death on 27 April 2012, in front of their five-year-old son at their home.

When passing sentence, magistrate Andre Geldenhuys said after reading three reports from social workers, provincial correctional services officers and the SA National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders (Nicro), they all differed in their opinions of appropriate sentences.

Geldenhuys said the accused, who grew up in a stable family, took the life of a defenceless woman just because of jealousy.

"I agree with the State to [sentence] you to direct imprisonment. Many defenceless women in the country are being killed by their jealous husbands.

"The courts need to send a stronger message to other would-be offenders that this will not be tolerated," he said.

Geldenhuys said the accused's son, who testified about what he saw, would never forget his mother's murder.

"What he saw happening to his mother will remain in his mind for the rest of his life," he said.

Read more on:    mbombela  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.