Life sentences for Pretoria killers

2012-11-16 22:11

Pretoria - Two men who shot dead a Pretoria businessman outside his home were sentenced to life imprisonment by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.

Simon Mabena, 29, and Hammanskraal mechanic Lesiba Kgaledi Mabitsela, 28, were sentenced for the April 2010 murder of 57-year-old businessman Dave Bye.

Bye, a former aircraft electronics expert who owned two butcheries in Ga-Rankuwa, was shot dead in a struggle with them. They had been waiting for him outside his house.

They fled when one of the neighbours in Bye's complex activated an alarm.

Mabena, who has an illness, complained about the treatment he was receiving in prison, but Judge Bert Bam said this did not provide a compelling reason to deviate from the prescribed life sentence.

He said both men had maintained their innocence and had shown no remorse.

Bye's wife, children and grandchild had been traumatised by his death and had had to receive psychological counselling.

His two butcheries in Ga-Rankuwa had to close down and his employees lost their jobs.

Bam said Mabena and Mabitsela had undoubtedly intended to rob someone and had "programmed themselves to kill".

They had shown Bye no mercy and had ended his life without any remorse.

Bam said society was at the mercy of the hands of criminals who killed others randomly and had no respect for human life.

He said the two were dangerous criminals who should be permanently removed from society.

Bye's wife Adreen said she was satisfied that justice had been done, but believed her husband's killers would get their true punishment from God.

She said her husband had died in their youngest son's arms after he called her at the office to tell her he had been shot.

She had since moved to a more secure complex.

  • - 2012-11-16 23:16

    maibe dat wy we r the highest coutry in da world b cuz we alow kilers 2 live.brink back dth penalty.we won,t hav these kilers

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-16 23:39

    Agree with you 100%

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-17 06:42

    Please make sure that these cold blooded killers must not see the son again and never again!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-11-17 07:37

    Five years from now they will get a presidential pardon and kill again.

  • Pamela Addison - 2012-11-17 13:44

    hope they rot in jail.

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-11-17 16:43

    Why do people living in complexes imagine they are more secure than people who live in free standing homes? I am positive that the opposite is true. I know of so many people who live in these places where one has to put up with petty neighbours and ill disciplined kids and young adults. Just yesterday one of my friends was telling us how living in a secure complex she had been forced to call security because an intruder was prowling around in her garden. The complex has electrified fencing and high walls to screen one from one's neighbour but IMHO walls are a trap. Also please people tell me why you keep watchdogs and then leave them outside all the time and ignore their constant bored barking at the moon? My dog sleeps in my room so that she can be an early warning system and not lured away or poisoned or irritate my neighbours. I check when she barks or growls - it keeps strange cats out amongst other things. Townhouse complexesare used by drug dealers - my niece accidentally let hers to some despite all the security clearances that were provided and checked. These guys installed really high end security on top of the security supposedly provided by the townhouse complex and my niece as well and it caused huge drama when they had to make a run for it because it was in a different name and the security co. wouldn't allow anyone else in. Nowhere is entirely safe but complexes are not as secure as people think.

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