Former DJ Donald Sebolai to hear sentencing for murder

2015-11-25 05:38
Donald Sebolai in court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

Donald Sebolai in court. (Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - The sentencing of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai will begin on Wednesday at the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court after he was found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala.

Sebolai was also found guilty of obstructing justice but was acquitted of the charge of theft. Tshabalala was fatally stabbed by Sebolai in June last year.

- Read more: Former Jozi FM DJ found guilty of murder

Judge Cassim Moosa said after seeing the accused bleeding profusely, he tended to his own wound and failed to take her to the hospital, only 900 metres from his Soweto flat.

Tshabalala bled to death and was found dead in Sebolai’s bed. She had a single stab wound to the pelvic area, which cut through a main artery.

Following the judgment, the State called for the court to revoke Sebolai’s bail, adding he was a flight risk.

The State told the court that Sebolai had been on the run for nine days after Tshabalala’s lifeless body was discovered.

Moosa agreed to re-incarcerate Sebolai and told his lawyers they would have to follow the proper channels if they wanted him released again pending his sentencing.

After the guilty verdict, Tshabalala’s mother, Elizabeth Marawa told News24 that she could finally sleep at night. "I can now easily sleep at night, because he is behind bars," she said.

She told reporters her daughter was the bread winner and, following her death, the family was struggling financially.

- Read more: Mom speaks after DJ's guilty verdict

Moosa had told the court he rejected Sebolai's version that Tshabalala stabbed herself as the pair of them struggled over a knife she had used to stab him, reportedly after accusing him of cheating.

The National Prosecuting Authority welcomed the verdict.

Spokesperson Phindi Louw called for the harshest possible sentence, adding this would deter criminals from committing such crimes.

Sebolai faced three counts, namely murder, theft of Tshabalala's vehicle and defeating the ends of justice.

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