Murderer pays hefty price for crimes

2016-10-13 06:00

A 34-YEAR-OLD man was sentenced to a total of 40 years in the Durban Magistrate’s Court recently after South Coast police made a breakthrough in several cases and arrested him.

Thabani Senzo Ntombela Luthuli was charged with attempted murder, but found not guilty, sexual assault - two years’, possession of firearm and possession of ammunition without licence -13 years’ imprisonment, robbery and theft of motor vehicle - 15 years’ and murder - 10 years’ imprisonment.

The charge for sexual assault, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without licence will run concurrently.

He will spend an effective 25 years in prison.

On 7 April, 2015 Luthuli was at a tavern in Mfazazana where he was having drinks with a group of men. He sexually assaulted a woman at the tavern and an argument ensued.

A friend of the woman, who intervened, was then shot by the accused and he died.

The same bullet, which killed the victim, also penetrated another person in the arm and he was taken to hospital.

Luthuli fled the scene.

Detectives then circulated Luthuli’s description and his details as a wanted person and his picture appeared in the media. Soon after this was circulated, the Umkomaas tracing team received information of his whereabouts.

He was arrested in June 2015.

He was found in possession of a firearm and ammunition and it was later established that the same firearm was used in the murder case.

Captain Vasu Govender from Hibberdene detectives charged him for the offences.

It was also established that he was sought by Verulam detectives for the robbery of a shop owner and the theft of his motor vehicle which occurred in 2007. He was also charged for those offences. - Supplied.

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