Life sentence for Mpumalanga man who stabbed ex-girlfriend to death

2016-04-29 14:15

Mbombela - Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma has welcomed the life sentence for a man found guilty of stabbing and killing his teenage ex-girlfriend after she obtained a protection order against him.

Zuma commended the efficient and hard work done by the investigating officer handling the case since the man's arrest in 2010.

"This conviction signals the commitment by the police to have dockets of crimes against women and children thoroughly investigated and ready for court to ensure lengthy convictions. I believe this conviction will bring closure to the family of the deceased. I am content with the sterling work done by the investigating team," said Zuma on Friday.

Jabu Mashaba, 32, from Manyeveni Trust near White River, was sentenced in the Nelspruit Regional Court last week.

He was arrested in June, 2010, following the kidnapping and brutal murder of Maggie Mbatha, 19, whose bloodstained body was found lying on a wheelbarrow covered with a cloth in Manyeveni Trust on June 10, 2010.

During mitigation arguments before sentencing, the accused dropped his Legal Aid defence and said he was innocent.

"The deceased went through a terrible ordeal during her death. She suffered severe pains after being stabbed repeatedly with a sharp object on head, neck and lower body. The knife even went through her skull into her brains, resulting in her death," said Magistrate Andre’ Geldenhuys.

The magistrate said, despite overwhelming evidence against him, the accused still showed no remorse.

"You are greedy, brutal and take human life cheap. After she dumped you and obtained a protection order for abusing her, you planned to kill her. You went to her parental home, broke open the door of her bedroom and dragged her against her will," he said.

Geldenhuys said witnesses had also presented overwhelming evidence against the accused.

"You dragged the deceased to your parental home, left your child with your mother and proceeded with her to an unknown place. Your mother said she knew something wrong was about to happen to the deceased. She phoned the deceased’s mother," he said.

The magistrate said that later, between 13:00 and 14:00, a police constable had said he saw the accused pushing the deceased in a wheelbarrow.

"The constable said when you saw him, you left the wheelbarrow and escaped. The deceased was covered with a work wear top. She was declared dead on the scene. Police searched for you and arrested you at your home, still carrying the murder weapon and dressed in the work wear trouser,” he said.

The magistrate said the two had been separated for eight months and the accused kept on abusing the victim until she applied for a protection order.

"You know deep in your heart that it is you who murdered the mother of your child. You are sentenced to life imprisonment and if not satisfied about the conviction and sentence, you are given leave to appeal," Geldenhuys said.

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