Two men accused of house robbery and murder at Ladysmith have recently been sentenced to a lengthy term of imprisonment by the High Courts of Pietermaritzburg and Madadeni, respectively.
On 16 February 2015 at about 09:40 neighbours heard screams coming from the home of an elderly couple in Kandahar Avenue, Ladysmith. The neighbours alerted police and on arrival they discovered that the homeowners had been robbed and tied up. One of the homeowners (64) died in the incident from asphyxiation. Police went on a manhunt for the suspects and on 3 March 2015 the suspects were arrested at Umbulwane area. Both accused were denied bail and remained in custody until they were sentenced recently.
On 18 November 2016 Bongumusa Magasela aged 21 pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for robbery and 22 years imprisonment for murder. His brother, Mxolisi Magasela (22) was found guilty and sentenced on 9 December 2016 to 15 years imprisonment for robbery, 5 years imprisonment for assault and life imprisonment for murder.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa expressed his appreciation to the Ladysmith Station detectives whose sterling investigative work led to securing these harsh sentences.
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