Killers given life jail plus 20 years

2009-05-18 00:00

THE two killers of a Cliffdale father of two, Marc Pohlman (31), have each been sentenced to life imprisonment for his murder plus 20 years for the robbery with aggravating circumstances of Pohlman and his wife Caroline.

Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Herbert Msimang last week found Msika Malinga and Felakuphi Zondi guilty of having formed a common purpose to kill Pohlman.

They shot him dead during an armed robbery at his smallholding on February 22 last year. Three cellphones, a small amount in cash and a bottle of brandy were the only items taken.

In addition to his other sentences, Malinga was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment on Friday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Passing sentence, Msimang said it is unfortunate that these types of “senseless and merciless killings and robberies” are on the increase. He said the reprehensible conduct of Malinga and Zondi had caused Caroline Pohlman to become a widow at a young age and the couple’s children to be without a father.

“The sentences must surely reflect the extreme anguish you have bestowed on this young family,” the judge said.

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