Parolee to be sentenced for killing ex-lover
He murdered his former girlfriend, radio news anchor Mpho Melato, after reunion talks failed
A MAN who murdered his former girlfriend, after reunion talks failed, is to be sentenced today by a high court sitting in Polokwane after he was found guilty of murder
Tebogo Mpufane, 27, stabbed and strangled former radio news anchor Mpho Melato to death at her home in Polokwane, Limpopo, in February last year.
Mpufane stabbed the deceased in the throat and threw her body into the bathroom.
He also stole some of the victim's goods to make the murder appear connected to a burglary, the court heard.
Mpufane pleaded not guilty to the murder, but chose not to testify.
The court rejected Mpufane's claims that he acted in self-defence, saying the motive for the killing was jealousy.
The court also heard that the accused had cleaned the crime scene to erase evidence that could have linked him to the crime.
Melato was a newsreader and presenter at Limpopo Capricorn FM but resigned to join the department of safety and security.
Melato and Mpufane met in prison when the deceased took part in a humanitarian programme to visit and motivate prisoners.
Mpufane was out on parole when he was arrested.