Killer gets three life terms for vicious crime spree

2013-01-24 00:00

THE high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday sentenced a 34-year-old man to three life sentences for murder and rape he committed while out on bail on a murder charge.

Further sentences of 42 years were added for attempted murder, robbery, housebreaking and firearms offences.

Langa Maseko, of Paulpietersburg, stood in the dock breathing deeply as Judge Themba Sishi handed down the sentences for two counts of murder and the rape of a 15-year-old girl.

On February 16 last year, Maseko killed Shupu Mavuso, who was a witness in a case against him for the murder of Richard Sukazi in 2009.

Three months later he raped a teenager.

He later tried to kill two of her relatives who were planing to open a rape case against him.

Maseko plotted to kill Mavuso with the help of Qiniselani Lukhele.

They went to Mavuso’s house and got him to open the door on the pretext that he owed them money.

They beat him and tied his hands behind his back. Maseko slit his throat and threw him over a cliff.

In May, Maseko accompanied the teenager on a walk of five kilometres before raping her in a secluded area.

He was sentenced to a life term each for the murders of Sukazi and Mavuso and for the rape.

He was given a further 20 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances of two cellphones and a pistol and ammunition, and 15 years for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Additional terms included five years for a housebreaking and seven years for the attempted murders of the rape victim’s relatives.

Sishi said Maseko had used a bush knife during the robbery and his victim still could not use his hand properly.

A firearm and knobkerrie were used in the attempt to murder the girl’s relatives.

Sishi said: “The state said you are not only a danger to the family, but to society at large, and I agree with that.”

Lukhele, who testified for the state, was discharged.

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