Vigilante murder, accused sentenced to 25 years, Thohoyandou

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Vigilante murder, accused sentenced to 25 years, Thohoyandou
Vigilante murder, accused sentenced to 25 years, Thohoyandou

Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, has welcomed the heavy jail term handed down this week by the Thohoyandou High Court.

On Wednesday, 13 November 2019, Liremi Thompho Eugine aged 25, from Luvhalani village was sentenced to an effective 25 years imprisonment. The sentence emanated from an incident that took place on 24 March 2018, where the accused stabbed Phathutshedzo Siebana aged 33, from the same village, in an act of vengeance for his biological brother’s death.

The accused received information that his brother has been killed upon which he then rushed to the scene. Upon arrival he chased the alleged suspect and without hesitation stabbed him with a beer bottle, killing him instantly.

The accused was apprehended at the scene and a case of murder was opened.

Detective Sergeant Patricia Tshivhula of SAPS Mphephu took over the case and started with intensive investigations. The positive outcome was indicative enough that the Sergeant worked hard and relentlessly on this case for successful prosecution.

The Provincial Commissioner has lauded the investigating officer and other members who worked together to ensure that a message is sent out to the community that all those who disregard the law by resorting to violence and taking the law into their own hands, will face harsh consequences.

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