A FORMER policeman, Boysie Dladla from Greytown, was sentenced to 18 years by Judge Anton van Zyl in the Pietermaritzburg High Court last Wednesday.He was found guilty of the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Zandile Mahlaba, and the attempted murder of her new boyfriend, Prince Mosia. The shooting took place in Mpophomeni on September 6, 2015.According to witnesses, Dladla was talking to Mahlaba when he pulled out his firearm, a police issue 9mm, aimed at the top of her head and fired. He then aimed it at Mosia, and chased him while firing. Mosia was shot in the back.Dladla’s version to the court was that Mahlaba had been shot accidentally when they struggled for the possession of his police pistol alleging she had become aggressive while they were talking and had grabbed the firearm from him and a shot had gone off. However, two eyewitnesses, the deceased’s brother, and Mosia said that Dladla had pulled his firearm.Dladla’s advocate told the court that his client was remorseful and maintained the shot was the result of a struggle for the firearm.However, Judge van Zyl said he accepted the evidence of the two eyewitnesses that the accused had pulled out his firearm while talking to the victim and shot her. In passing sentence the judge said the evidence made it quite clear that the motive for the killing was that the victim had told Dladla she “was no longer in love with him’’ and did not want to continue any relationship with him.The judge said it was time that men understood that they “do not own women”. He expressed his considerable concern at the increase in cases of attacks and the killing of women.