Sentencing of Bredasdorp teen's killer postponed

2018-01-16 14:57
Elda Jaftha. (Supplied)

Elda Jaftha. (Supplied)

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Cape Town - The sentencing proceedings for the man found guilty of the kidnap, murder and rape of Bredasdorp teen Elda Jaftha were postponed on Tuesday to arrange for a witness to travel from Bredasdorp to testify during pre-sentencing arguments.

"The only option available is for us to postpone until tomorrow morning," said Acting Judge Feziwe Renqe.

Gift Sibondo was already in the Western Cape High Court, waiting in the dock in his Billabong T-shirt and Nike jacket.

On Monday, Renqe found him guilty of the kidnap, rape and murder of the child with whom he claimed to be having a "love relationship".

Read: Man guilty of brutal murder of teen

The 15-year-old was found dead under Sibondo's bed in Bredasdorp on Sunday, May 31, 2015.

She was last seen by passersby and a neighbour, slung over his shoulder on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Sibondo said he had found her drunk on a soccer field, and had tended to her with a hot towel in his room while she was in this alcohol-induced "faint".

Renqe, however, ruled that Jaftha had died because he had severely assaulted her.

He had also taken the teen with him to Limpopo and towns in the Western Cape, without her mother's permission, and had had sex with her.

She was under 16 and he was in his late twenties at the time.

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Gift Sibondo, found guilty of the kidnap, rape, and murder of Bredasdorp teen Elda Jaftha, with his lawyer advocate Riaan Odendaal at the Western Cape High Court. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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