Killer of KZN fireman jailed

2012-06-27 22:37

Johannesburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man was jailed for 25 years on Wednesday for stabbing a retired fireman to death.

KwaZulu-Natal High Court Judge Isaac Madondo sentenced Bheki Ngcobo, 20, of Hammarsdale, to 25 years' imprisonment for the murder and 15 years for aggravated robbery.

He ordered that the sentences run concurrently for an effective 25-year term.

Madondo told the court the sentence was fitting, as Ngcobo had shown remorse for the murder which took place during a robbery that Ngcobo's nephew had instigated.

Ncgobo co-operated with police and pleaded guilty when the police did not have compelling evidence against him. He was also a first time offender.

Madondo said there were substantial and compelling circumstances which justified a lesser sentence than the prescribed life for murder during a robbery.

Ronald Drake, 69, was stabbed six times in his own yard in May this year by Ngcobo and his teenage nephew.

The two had hidden in Drake's garage but Drake's dog barked and he had gone outside to see what had caused the animal to bark.

The two then stabbed Drake, tied up his wife and looted the house.

The court heard that the two wanted to steal a firearm from Drake to use in other crimes.

Ngcobo's nephew remains in custody.

  • - 2012-06-28 07:02

    Mitigating circumstances include that he was a first time offender? So we should all be allowed to commit at least one murder before it becomes a serious offence? In fairness, the 25 year sentence is appropriate, but the reasoning in judgement is a bit worrying. I hope our courts tighten up on murder cases - the Bible still shows it as a sin.

  • Virginia - 2012-06-28 08:11

    The bible has absolutely nothing to do with it - it is filled with murder/killings etc. Apart from that, I believe that this moron should receive 25 years without parole and then another 15 years. The 2 sentences should not run concurrently. Pity we don't have the death penalty - no other sentence really fits the crime.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-28 08:26

    The first time is the hardest - he should receive the same treatment even if it's the 10th time.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-28 10:32

    Yes, and....... tell us when he will be released/pardoned? One year? Two years?....

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