KZN trio jailed for life

2012-08-07 21:52

Pietermaritzburg - Three KwaZulu-Natal men were jailed for life on Tuesday for killing a man and wounding his grandson.

Mlandeleni Ngubo, 21, Mthofi Ngubo, 25, and Mkhawuleni Mchunu, 28, were convicted by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court on Monday of the murder of Thabani Nhlangothi and the attempted murder of his grandson in September 2010.

The three were also found guilty of trying to kill Nhlangothi's wife, and their granddaughter.

In addition to the life sentence, the court added 10 years for the three attempted murders and 15 years for possession of illegal firearms.

The court found the three first inspected the Nhlangothi home before the shooting.

The gang took a taxi there at midnight, telling the driver they would kill Nhlangothi. Mchunu stood guard while the Ngubos knocked on the door.

When they were refused entry, they shot through the door and kicked it in. They barged in with torches and fired at the grandfather and child. The wife and her granddaughter escaped harm.

Judge Kobus Booyens found that the aggravating factors overwhelmed any mitigating evidence. The men never explained why they attacked the family.

Defence counsel Ishi Khan argued his clients were first offenders and could be rehabilitated.

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-08-07 22:04

    Rehabilitated? ahaaahahahahaha. They'll come out and kill again.

      sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-08 05:42

      I just don't get this 'rehabilitation' thing at a human being,common knowledge and sense should prevail...we are all automaticaly programmed from birth with knowledge that life is precious and we should value and respect it....people don't have to be taught that killing others is wrong...this murderers since they are inhuman I think its better to throw them in the kruger national park maybe they can peacefully co-exist with animals

  • tommo.too - 2012-08-07 23:26

    It seems after life they must serve additional time. First 10 years in a prison in hell?

  • sekwati.robinson - 2012-08-08 05:06

    the defence attorney needs to understand 1 thing....this idiots have no respect for life,how can you rehabilitate creatures like this..we not talking about theft here,this are hardcore evil bastards who never think twice about takinh human life...the attorney is only intrested in money and defence record...his clients are a danger to society

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