Ixopo: 25 years’ jail for Murder of Ethiopian

2013-04-03 00:00

A SECOND assailant who took part in the murder of an Ethiopian salesman, Thomas Ebamo, who was dragged to his death behind his own car in May 2012, has been jailed for an effective 25 years by the Pietermaritzburg high court.

Cyprian Mtshali (27) was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment on each of two charges of murder and robbery arising from the incident by KZN Deputy Judge President Achmat Jappie. The judge ordered that five years of the sentences should run concurrently.

He also ordered that Mtshali must serve 15 years of his jail term before he can be considered for release on parole.

Mtshali’s brother, Siyabonga, is also serving a 25-year sentence for the crimes after pleading guilty to the charges.

He admitted that he and his brother were both part of a gang that planned to rob Ebamo of his car; accompanied him on a pretext, overpowered him and drove him to a secluded plantation in the Ixopo area. There, one of their accomplices had tied a piece of the seatbelt around Ebamo’s neck and fastened it to the towbar of his car, after which he was dragged to his death.

Siyabonga Mtshali testified that he and his brother had stood and watched as Ebamo was killed. His body was concealed in a drainpipe.

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