Students sentenced for murder

2017-06-21 06:02

Two students, a Nigerian and a South African, have been sentenced for the murder of a fellow student at the Central University of Techno­logy (CUT).

The Bloemfontein High Court sentenced Douglas Okene (25) from Nigeria and Tebello Tsubella (26) on Thursday, 8 June, for the gruesome murder of Michael “Kewe” Sejebor (25) from Nigeria.

The court found Okene guilty and sentenced him to 17 years imprisonment for murdering his countryman on 18 July 2015.

Tsubella was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty on a charge of accessory to murder for his role in clearing up the crime scene and helping to dispose of the body at a cemetery near Uitsig.

The victim was a second year Engineering student. The two accused were pursuing a diploma in Human Resource Management at the time. Tsubella was in his third year and Okene in his second.

Sgt Sinah Mpakane, spokesperson of the Free State police, says the two accused had reportedly burned Sejebor’s body at the cemetery. She says the investigation and evidence presented in court showed that the deceased was murdered by Okene after a business deal between them had gone wrong. Mpakane says it emerged during the court proceeding that the deceased was murdered after a bitter quarrel over money.

“It was discovered during the court proceeding that the deceased and Okene were partners in a billboards project. The deceased was supposed to get a lump sum for the project they were busy with,” says Mpakane.

Mpakane says the deceased had then received money sent by his brother from Nigeria. “It was discovered that Okene wanted his share of the money and an altercation ensued between the two, with Okene assaulting the deceased with a golf stick before fatally stabbing him with a knife,” she says.

Mpakane says the same night, Okene and his friend, Tsubella, went to dispose of the body at Uitsig near the cemetery by burning it.

She says the charred body was discovered two days later by a passerby, who alerted the police.

“It was discovered during the investigation that Okene was seen driving the deceased’s car, with Tsubella as passenger,” says Mpakane.

Incriminating evidence consisting of the deceased’s plasma television set, clothes and a cellphone were found in Okene’s possession.


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