Life sentence for Warburton’s killer

2010-12-08 12:39

The man who killed psychology student Bianca Warburton was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Johannesburg today.

Sthembiso Mseleku (25) was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder charge, and eight years for attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He got another eight years for unlawful possession of a firearm and five years for unlawful possession of ammunition.

Judge Halima Saldulker ruled that the two eight-year sentences should run concurrently with the life sentence.

Mseleku’s co-accused, 27-year-old Mphumuzeni Gumede, was sentenced to an effective six years for being an accessory to murder. He was also sentenced to five years in prison for the illegal possession of a firearm, and three for the illegal possession of ammunition.

The last two sentences would run concurrently with the six-year one.

The last accused, Moffat Mthonti, was sentenced to five years in prison for possession of an unlawful firearm and possession of ammunition. Two of these years were suspended for five years on condition he was not convicted of the same offence within the five-year period.

Warburton (25) was gunned down in a botched hijacking near the Alexandra clinic, where she worked as an intern, on October 14 2009. She was helping to counsel young HIV-infected people.

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