‘Completely despicable’

2011-11-07 00:00

A HARDING father of three pleaded guilty on Friday to raping and murdering a four-year-old child by throttling her to death to stop her screaming in pain.

High court Judge Isaac Madondo described the case as one of the worst he had presided over.

He sentence Elphas Sigwebela to life imprisonment, telling him that his actions were “completely despicable”.

The child he raped and killed was of similar age to one of his three children.

He had brought shame on his children and his wife, said the judge.

Sigwebela pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of four-year-old Vuyiseka Mgugulo at Jali in the Harding district on August 26.

He said in a statement read to court by his legal aid attorney, Ishi Khan, that he was at home drinking beer that day when the child’s grandmother, Sesina Mgugulo, came to visit his mother. The child was with her.

Sigwebela said he lived in a room next to his mother’s house.

The two women went inside while the child remained outside to play in the yard.

“While I was watching the deceased playing in the yard I was overcome by lust.

“I was aware that the deceased’s grandmother and my mother were deep in conversation and neither of them was paying any attention to the deceased. I called the deceased and I took her into my room.”

While he was raping the child she began to scream and he put his hands around her throat and throttled her to stop her screaming.

When he finished raping her he discovered she was dead.

He concealed her naked body under his bed, got dressed and left his room.

The body was found later that day when neighbours searched for the missing child.

Medical evidence showed the little girl died of a broken neck as a result of being throttled.

Judge Madondo said Sigwebela is a danger to society.


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

Traffic Alerts
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.