FINALISATION in the brutal murder of Sarel Theron at his Seven Oaks home in July 2016 has been reached after the accused in the case were sentenced in the Pietermaritzburg High Court.
Ntuthuko Martin Mshibe was sentenced to 22 years for murder, 12 for robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for housebreaking. Co-accused Siphesihle Ayanda Cele received a 20-year sentence for murder, 12 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and five years for housebreaking. The two accused were found guilty on all three charges in the high court in May 2017 by Judge Pete Koen. Sentence was passed on Mshibe on September 22 and Cele on November 9 last year, however there was a delay in transmitting this information to Greytown. Prompt action by the police and security personnel led to the arrest of the two accused, teenagers at the time, within a few days of the killing. A third suspect is still on the run. Theron, who was a Mondi employee, was beaten, stabbed and strangled by the three attackers in his home on Mistley Estate, Seven Oaks. Items stolen during the attack were recovered from the two accused, as well as a dagger alleged to be the murder weapon.