Life plus 33 years for abusive killer

2013-05-28 00:00

ABUSIVE killer Thembinkosi Sibiya (29) was sentenced to life plus 33 years’ imprisonment yesterday for murdering his former lover and related charges.

Acting Judge Sibusiso Mngomezulu described Sibiya as a “conceited and jealous person” who had shown no remorse for the murder of Gugu Ndlela, the mother of one of his six children.

The judge also said it was extremely lucky that three bullets fired at Ndlela’s alleged new boyfriend, Ntuthuko Nxasana, at his home in Victoria Road on November 3, 2011, had all missed him.

Sibiya — who was a security guard at the time — was found to have shot and killed Ndlela while she was trying to escape from him.

She had previously obtained a protection order against him for assaulting and abusing her.

“It is clear that you did not care about the consequences of your actions, the welfare of your young children, your employment and the consequences for the relatives of the victims,” Mngomezulu told Sibiya.

He sentenced Sibiya to three years’ imprisonment for assaulting Ndlela with the intention of causing her grievous bodily harm on September 11, 2011 when he slapped and punched her and stabbed at her with a knife; to five years’ imprisonment on each of three counts of pointing a firearm at Ndlela, her elder sister, Thandiwe, and his own daughter, Kamvu (2), on November 3, 2011; to five years’ imprisonment for kidnapping Ndlela and forcing her to accompany him to the Nxasanas’ home where he subsequently shot her dead; to 10 years’ imprisonment for attempting to murder Nxasana; and to life imprisonment for Ndlela’s murder.

The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.

The judge found that there were no compelling or substantial circumstances that justified anything less than the minimum sentences that are prescribed by law for the various offences.

However, he later granted Sibiya leave to appeal the sentences he had imposed.

Thandiwe Ndlela and her brother, Seun, told The Witness they were happy that Sibiya had been jailed for life. “Even though this will not bring back my sister, I am glad about the sentences,” Thandiwe said.

Thandiwe — who is caring for the couple’s young daughter — became tearful as she held up a photograph of her slain sister.

She added that she was extremely grateful for the hard work done by the investigating officer in the case, Charl Bezuidenhout, as well as state advocate Gugu Shange.

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