- A George man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder.
- The murder took place during an argument over a stolen pair of sneakers.
- The killer allegedly believed the victims knew who had stolen his sneakers.
A man has been sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment for murder after stabbing and killing someone in an argument over a stolen pair of sneakers in George.
The George Regional Court found that Sithembile Nokwe had stabbed Asanda Mnabisa several times during an argument, while they were sitting on the back seat of a friend's vehicle, said National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila.
The argument had been sparked by the theft of a pair of Nokwe's sneakers, reportedly by people he believed were known to Mnabisa.
Prosecutor Samantha Hendricks told the court Nokwe went to look for Mnabisa in the hopes that he would assist him to get his sneakers back.
A witness, Xolani Oyiya, testified that he and Andile Mncanjane met Nokwe, who sought their assistance in tracing Mnabisa. They found Mnabisa, and then all went to Ramaphosa informal settlement, where Nokwe was robbed. They searched for the stolen sneakers, but to no avail.
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Nokwe pleaded not guilty, and instead implicated Mncanjane as the one who had stabbed Mnabisa.
"[Nokwe] is a danger to people and society. He has shown no remorse for his actions in respect of the offence he has committed and maintains his innocence in the face of overwhelming evidence against him," Hendricks said.