State: Mngeni must serve life term

2012-11-26 15:48

Cape Town - Xolile Mngeni must be jailed for life for killing honeymoon tourist Anni Dewani, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Shareen Riley, for the State, argued that Mngeni, 25, had not shown any substantial or compelling circumstances for the court to deviate from the minimum imposed sentence for premeditated murder.

"The murder was committed out of greed for pure economical reasons. For the State, it's more telling what he did after the offence," Riley said.

"The callousness of his actions, the lack of remorse, can be found in the shopping trip he did mere hours after the murder, at the Waterfront."

Dewani was shot dead in Gugulethu on 13 November 2010, in an allegedly fake hijacking. Her body was found the next day.

Mngeni was convicted last week of the tourist's premeditated murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

He was paid a fee to kill the tourist and spent a large amount of money he previously never had in a shopping trip the day after her death.

Riley painted a less than perfect picture of the killer, saying he had a blas attitude, antisocial behaviour and did not seem like a candidate for rehabilitation.

"He displays an arrogance, a cockiness and is a person devoid of any morality."

She said his brain cancer could not be considered a mitigating factor, as he currently had a clean bill of health and a premature death was not definite.

Medical parole was always an option if he became terminally ill.

An oncologist earlier testified that Mngeni suffered from a rare brain cancer, which only one in five people survived in a five-year period.

Riley said the court should not confuse mercy for sympathy.

Judge Robert Henney said that in his view, mitigating factors included Mngeni's serious medical condition, his age, first offender status and poor background.

"The vulnerability of the accused as a poor person was, in my view, exploited," the judge said.

Riley said that many people from similar backgrounds chose the moral high ground and never committed murder for money.

If Mngeni had been a man desperately trying to support himself and his family, he would have spent the money on basic necessities instead of brand name clothing.

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-11-26 15:56

    Rot in jail!!! hope you die from your cancer!

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-11-26 16:06

      Absolutely. He must spen his last days in prison. There is no reason why he should receive anything less than life.

      george.pistorius - 2012-11-26 16:17

      Hope he die soon!

  • magoro.mags - 2012-11-26 16:04

    No one is saying anything about the mastermind...more like arresting a drug-mule and let the drug-lord go free

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-11-26 18:06

      It doesn't matter. He murdered someone. He is capable of murdering another and should be removed, regardless of what happens in London.

  • rodney.currie.79 - 2012-11-26 16:08

    And may it be a very short life term too !!!!!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-26 16:21

      Yip, hopefully us tax payers won't have to foot a long term bill on this one and that little tumour makes a reappearance.

  • magoro.mags - 2012-11-26 16:25

    I am of the view that if things were the other way round (if Dewani was from S.A,and has committed crime in UK), he would have been in one of their prisons right now....

      magoro.mags - 2012-11-26 16:45

      wanted to say "if accused of murder"

  • Pete7930 - 2012-11-26 16:30

    No, he must be shot! Wake up SA, this scum is not worth the rehab!

  • ikchikafu - 2012-11-26 16:35

    With Selebi and Shaik waling scott free, one wonders what the judge will say on this one!!!!!

  • Mkhwetha Indoda - 2012-11-26 16:56

    lets get off our high horse ,drop the holy than thou attitude & try put ourselves in this man's shoes,WHO R WE TO CONDEM HIM???

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-11-26 18:07

      Murder condemns him you embicile. You condoning murder makes you no better than him, and it would seem you are capable of doing what he did.

  • michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-11-26 18:05

    |How can murder be excused as a "first offence"? Surely if you are capable of murder you are capable of more murders? FFS seriously.

  • timothy.anders1985 - 2012-11-26 18:25

    Nah death must not come too quick for him, he must first have his chance to suffer, and become some mans wife in Jail, Death would be too nice for him at this stage

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