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Murderer jailed for life

2012-12-13 21:22

Johannesburg - A KwaZulu-Natal man was jailed for life by the KwaZulu-Natal High Court sitting in Dukuza on Thursday for killing a woman, police said.

Simphiwe Steven Khumalo was found guilty of killing 70-year-old Thombi Mthabela on 21 February, said police spokesperson Jay Naicker.

He was also convicted of possessing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Mthabela was on her way home around 15:00 from a shop in Ngulule, north of Empangeni, when she was approached by Khumalo.

"Khumalo accused her of witchcraft and theft of a goat belonging to his family," said Naicker.

"He then produced a firearm and shot Mthabela several times in her upper body and fled the scene on foot."

Mthabela died on the scene. Khumalo was arrested later and his firearm seized.

"The firearm used was... sent for ballistics testing and the results positively linked the suspect to the killing," said Naicker.

 

Comments
  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-12-14 08:43

    Now keep him in jail and throw away the key! NO REPRIEVE for good behaviour!!!

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