The Bloemfontein High Court has sentenced three men to lengthy jail terms for the brutal murder of Bangladeshi national Ronnie Aligh. The murder rocked the tiny Free State town of Philippolis. The murderers are Dalim Hossain (28) from Bangladesh and two locals, Andre Maasdorp (36) and Jacobus Oerson (33). The court found the three men guilty of the brutal killing of the victim and sentenced each to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances. They were sentenced on 27 January, bringing to an end the lengthy trial of the men accused of murdering the Bangladeshi man who had owned a tuck-shop in the Philippolis township of Poding Tse Rolo. The victim was murdered in April 2014. The men were brought to book after an intensive investigation conducted by Det.W/O Abrie Kruger of the Philippolis police. Const. Masilela Langa, Free State police spokesperson, said the findings of the investigation revealed that Dalim Hossain, also a Bangladeshi national, had phoned the deceased on the eve of the brutal murder. He said the body of the victim was discovered by a friend at the general dealer in the township in the afternoon on 22 April.Langa said intensive investigation led to the breakthrough of finding the three suspects involved in the murder of the victim, who had been living alone. “It was later discovered that an undisclosed amount of cash, including valuables such as a mobile phone and a laptop, had been stolen,” he said.