Gasa killer jailed

2013-04-23 19:18

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Durban - The man who killed Durban businessman Nhlanhla Gasa was jailed for 30 years by the Durban Regional Court on Tuesday.

Mbulelo Arthur Ntlauzana, 25, was sentenced to 20 years for murder and 10 years for robbery and malicious damage to property.

Magistrate Anand Maharaj said Ntlauzana acted coldly, cowardly and carelessly when he killed Gasa.

He said Gasa's killing was senseless. It showed a person who had hate, rage and venom.

Earlier, Ntlauzana admitted in his statement read by his lawyer Hycenth Mlothswa that he stabbed Gasa several times after the businessman tried to kiss him on the cheek.

He said after killing Gasa he took a duvet cover and used it to wrap his body.

"I dragged his body to the garage downstairs and put the body in the boot of the Jaguar," Ntlauzana said in his statement.

He threw the body over the Tugela Bridge and burned Gasa's car.

Maharaj said Ntlauzana could have left when Gasa tried to kiss him.

He said Ntlauzana tried to cover up his involvement in the crime by disposing the body and burning Gasa's car.

Maharaj said that despite Ntlauzana's guilty plea, he doubted he was remorseful.

After Ntlauzana killed Gasa, he went to the Eastern Cape with his family, which showed that he tried to evade police.

Upon his return to KwaZulu-Natal, he did not hand himself to police.

Ntlauzana had known Gasa since 2010.

Ntlauzana said Gasa was his mentor as he wanted to start a network-marketing business.

During cross-examination Ntlauzana said he wanted Gasa to finance him and be a partner with him in business but this did not happen.

He said it never upset him that the businessman did not finance him because he understood that he was always busy and never had time.

Ntlauzana was arrested in Groutville on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on 13 April.

Gasa's body was found floating in the Tugela River four weeks ago. Police found his burnt-out Jaguar several metres away.

Gasa is the father of South African television personality Noni Gasa.

The courtroom was packed with Gasa's friends and family.

Ntlauzana's mother sobbed during the court proceedings.

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