Convicted serial killer and rapist Nkosinathi Alpeos Ngcobo (32) has been sentenced to six life imprisonment terms and further lengthy jail time in the Scottburgh High Court on Thursday, 12 December 2019.
The high court sentenced Ngcobo to 6 life sentences and 146 years imprisonment for charges that include murder, rape, attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
Two years ago, in 2017, Ngcobo was arrested by the Mehlomnya detectives for double murder and rape. The case was presented to the DPP however the state prosecutor then declined to prosecute and opted to hold an inquest.
A year later in 2018, he was arrested again on an armed robbery charge. His legal team attempted to have the charges withdrawn based on a technicality however the local magistrate court refused and offered the investigating team three days to collect evidence for a bail application.
A multi-disciplinary task team consisting of the Hawks Port Shepstone Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Port Shepstone Cluster Detectives, Port Shepstone War Room, Mehlomnyama Detectives and Forensic Science Laboratory set out on an exhaustive investigation.
It was established that Ngcobo was in fact a serial a killer and rapist and was linked to 22 cases of murder, attempted murder, rape, armed robbery and house breaking through DNA in Mehlomnyama, Port Shepstone, Southport and Benoni.
His bail application was successfully opposed and he was remanded in custody until his conviction and sentencing on Thursday on 19 of the 22 charges which were presented against him.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya has welcomed the sentences and also praised the fruitful collaborative effort between the DPCI, SAPS investigators, the prosecution and the courts.
“It is disappointing that some individuals have no respect for other people’s lives. I am satisfied that the accused has been sentenced for a long period of time. The people shall in his absence be safe. The work of the investigation and prosecution team is commendable,” said Lieutenant General Lebeya.
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