Rejected lover jailed after attack

2011-02-21 14:20

A rejected lover, who attacked his former lover’s 10-month-old son, was jailed for 20 years in Pietermaritzburg today.

Mdududzi Mpanza (32) of Richard’s Bay, pleaded guilty to the murder of the boy in the city’s high court.

He said he went to the house of his former lover and found she was with another man.

This made him so angry that he decided to “exact vengeance” by grabbing the little boy from a bed and bashed his head against a wall, cracking his skull and causing brain damage.

Judge Rishi Seegobin said Mpanza acted on the spur of the moment, was driven by anger and jealousy and behaved like a madman.

Mpanza said though he had been drinking he knew what he was doing and foresaw that the boy would die.

It was aggravating that the victim was a child.

Seegobin asked what possessed a man who had a reasonable education such as Mpanza had to act with such brutality.

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