Judgment due in priest murder case

2012-04-03 07:29

Pretoria - Judgement in the matter of four men accused of murdering a priest during a robbery is expected to be delivered in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.

In February Kgaugelo Manzini, Thembalethu Sindane, Freddy Mahlangu and Jabu Ndebele admitted to planning a robbery at the presbytery in Diepsloot where Father Louis Blondel, 70, was killed on December 7, 2009, but denied complicity in his murder.

The said they were unaware that their co-accused Nelson Malope was carrying a firearm when they went to steal a computer from the premises.

Malope, 20, was sentenced last year to 18 years' imprisonment after pleading guilty to the murder.

He testified for the State that the others had planned the robbery with him and knew he was armed, but had not planned to shoot.

  • Marion - 2012-04-03 07:37

    Carrying a gun shows intent to use it somewhere, sometime whether in self-defence or in the commission of a crime. An armed criminal is unlikely to be carrying it for fun so if they knew he had it they knew there was a chance he would use it. They are accomplices to murder, finish 'n klaar.

  • Rob - 2012-04-03 07:52

    Unless, or until individuals are made to carry the full weight of their actions all in SA will be soft targets for criminals, whether they by murderers or corrupt public servants. Continued adherence to policies shaped around collectivism and the idea that society is in some way responsible for what people do ensure that individuals are not held fully accountable. Is there any hope that this will change, maybe but I am not holding my breath. 25 years hard labour is the least that should be applied for crimes of this nature.....send a message!

      Baile - 2012-04-03 09:55

      hey i agree with y they ddnt b awear dat sumone hav a gun on him they must rot in jail

  • Greg - 2012-04-03 07:53

    The man was a priest and 70 years old, what on earth could he have done to them? Hopefully the State established group intent and they all get 18years!!

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