Cop gets effective 30 years for killing friend and pregnant fiancé

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A police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder of his friend and fiancée last month.
A police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years imprisonment for the murder of his friend and fiancée last month.
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  • A KwaZulu-Natal police officer was sentenced to an effective 30 years behind bars for the murder of his friend and pregnant fiancé.
  • He pleaded guilty to the murders.
  • The court found that the constable was remorseful and eligible for rehabilitation.

A KwaZulu-Natal police officer has been sentenced to an effective 30 years' imprisonment for a double murder.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg sentenced Constable Lindokuhle Sikhakhane, 2 after he pleaded guilty to the murder of his friend and pregnant fiancé.

The details of what transpired were contained in a plea statement Sikhakhane had given.

He said he called his fiancé, Samkelisiwe Mtshali, on 6 January 2023 and that she told him she wasn't feeling well.

At the time, she was on her way to the home of her parents in Nquthu.

He tried calling her several times after that, but she didn't answer.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Natasha Ramkisson-Kara said:

He then went to his friend, Sandile Nene (a security guard), who owned a vehicle, asking him for a lift to Nquthu. They agreed that Sikhakhane would pay R3 000 for fuel, and they travelled from Pietermaritzburg to Nquthu.

When he called Mtshali again, she told him that she was pregnant and then cut the call.

At some point during their journey, Nene told him that he must pay an additional R2 000 for the fuel, leading to an argument.

At a stage, according to Sikhakhane, Nene stopped the vehicle, got out and fired shots at him, prompting him to use his service pistol to return fire, killing Nene.

"He then got into the driver's seat and continued to Nquthu, leaving Nene's body on the side of the road," Ramkisson-Kara said.

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According to his plea statement, he suspected Mtshali had been cheating on him, so he called a number that he had saved from her phone.

"A man answered the call and told him that he was in a relationship with Mtshali. The man apologised to him, saying that he didn't know Mtshali had a fiancé. Sikhakhane finally managed to contact Mtshali, and they decided that they would drive back to Pietermaritzburg together on 8 January 2023," Ramkisson-Kara said.

While travelling back, he made a stop in the Pomeroy area where his family lived. He confronted Mtshali about the paternity of the baby she was carrying and asked to see her cellphone. She reportedly refused to talk to him, and he shot and killed her. He left her body there and drove back home, where he confessed to his mother.

Sikhakhane handed himself over to the police.

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Victim impact statements handed into the court stated that Nene was a kind, non-violent person and that those who knew him were "in disbelief about his senseless killing and are not able to recover from their loss".

In imposing the sentence, the court found that Sikhakhane was remorseful and eligible for rehabilitation.

He was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for Nene's murder and 25 years' imprisonment for Mtshali's murder. The court ordered that 10 years of the sentence imposed for Nene's murder should be served concurrently with the sentence imposed for Mtshali's murder, resulting in an effective sentence of 30 years.

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