Killer gets 12 years

2018-10-18 06:03

The killer of Noxolo Klaas was sentenced last week to an effective eight years’ imprisonment for a New Year’s Day murder.

Bongile Joni (27) pleaded guilty to murder in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Thursday 11 October.

Magistrate Franselien Mouton sentenced the father of one to 12 years in prison, four suspended for five years. Joni was also declared unfit to hold a firearm licence.

Both the state prosecutor, Peter John Damon, and the defence counsel, Wayne Hancock, agreed that the murder wasn’t committed because of the sexual orientation of the victim.

During the sentencing proceedings, Mouton told the court she was “glad” that the murder was not a hate crime over Klaas (23), the victim’s sexual orientation, but was nonetheless concerned over these types of crime.

Hancock read a statement from Joni detailing the incident, which occurred at a shebeen in Ezinkomeni informal settlement.

According to Joni, he and his brother had been drinking at the shebeen when an argument ensued between the victim and his brother in the early hours of Monday 1 January.

Joni intervened to diffuse the commotion, but it spiralled out of control and he ended up being beaten.

He claimed he ran away, but fell in the street. Once the nine women who were chasing him caught up with him, he was stabbed in his neck with a beer bottle.

According to his account, he went to his house, grabbed a bread knife and headed to the shebeen to collect his flip-flops.

“I managed to find one [shoe] outside the shebeen and entered [the establishment] to look for the second one. As I entered, I saw the deceased standing against the wall and approached her to inquire why she had stabbed me,” read the statement.

Joni claimed he was angry when Klaas did not answer him and proceeded to stab her twice in her upper body before leaving the shebeen.

It further states Joni was taken to hospital in the same car as the deceased, who was still alive at the time.

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