Life in jail for stabber

2015-11-05 12:23


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Pietermaritzburg - A 25-year-old man was sentenced to life plus 15 years’ imprisonment on Wednesday for the brutal murder and robbery of 65-year-old David Maratos on a farm in Greytown.

Maratos was stabbed multiple times by three intruders on May 25, 2013 whilst he was looking after Brydon farm at Greytown on behalf of the farm owner.

Phelelani Ndlovu pleaded not guilty to the charges but was found guilty by Judge Pete Koen in the Pietermaritzburg high court yesterday.

He was the second of the farmer’s killers to be found guilty and sentenced.

Ndlovu’s former co-accused, Bheki Qwabe, was jailed for 25 years in a separate trial by a different judge last week after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

The third accomplice, Jabulani Mbeje, testified for the state at Ndlovu’s trial and was yesterday granted indemnity from prosecution.

Sentencing Ndlovu to life imprisonment for murder and to 15 years imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances, Koen said he had accepted Mbeje’s evidence that the motive for Maratos’s murder was that the farmer knew Ndlovu and could have implicated him in the crimes.

He said Maratos was defenceless. He was no doubt woken up by Ndlovu and his companions and was thereafter brutally attacked and stabbed multiple times.

Koen said Ndlovu had accepted “absolutely no responsibility” for his actions at all, and had not given evidence.

“Even after his conviction he did not take the court into his confidence and still has not advanced any explanation for this attack,” said the judge.

He said based on this he could not find that there was any likelihood that Ndlovu could be rehabilitated.

His personal circumstances, which were stressed by his advocate, Di Franklin, were not unusual, he added.

He said the court could only deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence of life imprisonment for Maratos’s murder if compelling and substantial circumstances existed.

“The most important point in his [Ndlovu’s] favour is that he has no previous convictions but this fact is far outweighed by the aggravating features of this case,” he said.

Koen said unfortunately murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances have become commonplace in our society.

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