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Teen killer of elderly man gets 15 years

2013-08-29 12:02

Pietermaritzburg - The juvenile killer of 82-year-old Bulwer pensioner Michael John Povall has been sentenced to an effective 15 years’ imprisonment. Povall was stabbed to death and his body put in the boot of his car earlier in August.

Imposing the sentence on the 17-year-old at the high court sitting at Madadeni, Judge Philip Nkosi told the youth that though he might have stabbed Povall to forestall resistance, he clearly saw that he would die.

He also found that the recent murder was premeditated.

The judge said while the youth did not explain his reasons, the crime appeared to be motivated by greed. Of the R13 000 in cash stolen, the accused had already spent R10 000 by the time he was arrested.

Cruel

He told the youth it was not necessary for him to have killed Povall. “You could have threatened him into submission. You were very cruel with the knife. When you went there you knew that he stayed alone. He was described by the doctor as senile. He was defenceless,” said the judge.

Judge Nkosi said the killer hid the body and some days passed before Povall was found.

“Your actions are highly reprehensible and cannot be tolerated in civil society. You showed total disregard for human life,” the judge told him.

The juvenile pleaded guilty to charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He admitted the State’s allegations that he had lured Povall out of his house by causing an object to fall to the ground.

When Povall came out to investigate the noise, he attacked him and stabbed him in his abdomen. He then put the body in the boot of his car.

After robbing him of a metal box containing R13 000 cash, a camera, personal documents, alcohol, a laptop and cellphone, he loaded the goods into Povall’s second vehicle - a VW Jetta - and fled the scene.

The court accepted that liquor might have played a role in his decision to rob Povall.

First offender

The court said that even though he was young, pleaded guilty, and was a first offender, no sentence other than a custodial sentence was appropriate in view of the abhorrent nature of his crimes.

He said it was hoped that the sentence would give the youngster an opportunity to be rehabilitated, improve his education in prison and “come out a better person”.

The court was told that though he was almost 18 years old, the youth was still doing Grade 7 at school because his family had moved constantly while his father was looking for employment.

Judge Nkosi sentenced him to 15 years' imprisonment for murder and 10 years' imprisonment for robbery with aggravating circumstances but ordered the two terms to run concurrently.

Comments
  • Gailtosh - 2013-08-29 12:15

    Explain the legal system that gives a cold blooded killer 15 years and before even convicting Pistorious, the minister calls for a life sentence for what could possibly by manslaughter without intention.

      Patrick Mampane - 2013-08-29 12:22

      Quite staggering indeed. And to imagine The Waterkloof 4 only got 12 years and two of them even tasted freedom after serving a little over two dozen months for murder. It leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

      Badger - 2013-08-29 13:02

      "..15 years for Murder.." So this little f**k will be out by the age of 32 !!! My next pay check says he will commit murder and robbery again once he is released

      Ryan Viljoen - 2013-08-29 13:46

      Pistorius did not shoot without intention - the gun didn't accidently go off. He shot through a closed door into a space that probably only one person could fit into, "thinking" (as he says) that there was an intruder. He pulled the trigger with the intention to kill. That is murder, not manslaughter without intention, regardless of who he thought was in there. Anyway, as for this youth, I reckon he should have got a few years more. Absolutely disgusting deeds, and very little chance of rehabilitation in the current correctional facilities.

  • Benjamin Scholtz - 2013-08-29 12:34

    Rape= 2 life sentances. Murder=15yrs? Are they not equally bad?

  • Ivan de Fanti - 2013-08-29 12:40

    Not long enough!!!!

  • Ayanda Matuka - 2013-08-29 12:52

    is 15 years what we call life these days. He will be released on parole after 7 years. No justice at all for law abiding citizens. There is no need to report crime to the police. Just deal with the culprit yourself township style.

      Eunice de Kock - 2013-08-29 13:39

      you rock girl! so true

  • Hemlock - 2013-08-29 13:08

    Not long enough...... Life without parole is required!

  • Hemlock - 2013-08-29 13:35

    "KZN rapist jailed for 15 years......Teen killer of elderly man gets 15 years". I cannot comprehend this. Whilst rape is a heinous crime as is murder - this teen killer gets the same sentence as a rapist. In my opinion both should be hanged. A life was taken - surely an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth should apply. This teen deserves to be hanged (as does the rapist.)

      Darren Roderick Kirsten - 2013-08-29 13:51

      Please read the artical again! "The court said that even though he was young, pleaded guilty, and was a first offender, no sentence other than a custodial sentence was appropriate in view of the abhorrent nature of his crimes. He said it was hoped that the sentence would give the youngster an opportunity to be rehabilitated, improve his education in prison and “come out a better person”. The court was told that though he was almost 18 years old, the youth was still doing Grade 7 at school because his family had moved constantly while his father was looking for employment."

      Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-12-23 06:58

      Reply @ Darren Kirsten. Do you honestly consider these comments as fair reason to commit a murder? Maybe it explains the reasons behind the murder, but murder is murder and can never ever be condoned. Even a highly deranged person such as you describe is aware that to commit a murder is wrong and this is no justification at all for the "wrongs" committed to you by your elders !!!

  • Don Master - 2013-08-29 13:55

    How about a sentence of the electric chair, the rope, lethal injection, beheading, stoning to death, or even the good old firing squad. I dream of a world where even thinking of killing someone will terrify the crap out of you, because of the death sentence you might receive, if you do carry out your thoughts. It's a pity though that I am not a politically ambitious iron-fisted dictator with a no nonsense tolerance to criminals.

  • Luyanda Mathanjana - 2013-08-29 14:24

    The crimes were premeditated but still accept this excuse of blaming alcohol for the action? This boy denied old man life,wife husband, children father, uncle and brother and friend to those who loved him. Prison these days is not correctional service but Further criminal activities education and training institution. The court could have waited until he is 18 and sentence him as adult very harsh so that the people who think of doing crime can have a reference.

  • Johan Steyn - 2013-08-29 15:07

    Death penalty

  • Sandile David - 2013-08-30 00:31

    I think our magistrates and Judges are let down,I think we should take them to crime scene,maybe they will change the way they give sentences,that is why people don't learn no lesson because they know you kill someone you will get few years or walk free,that is South Africa.

  • Arie Vd Plaats - 2013-12-23 06:51

    Judge says his actions cannot be tolerated in a civil society yet he passes only a 15 years sentence. These two thing do not match in my mind!!

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