Prison parolee jailed for life
'Justice has been served, but pain still remains with us' - Mpho Melato's dad
THE LIMPOPO High Court has rejected a light sentence plea by a parolee who was found guilty of strangling and killing his former girlfriend and sentenced him to life imprisonment.
Tebogo Mpufane, 27, was found guilty of strangling and killing his ex-girlfriend Mpho Melato. Her body was found submerged in the bath in February last year, after Mpufane's visit for reunion talks.
Mpufane was on parole when he killed Melato. He was released in 2009 after serving five years of 10 years for robbery.
Yesterday Judge Nare Kgomo rejected claims that Mpufane was a victim of circumstances, saying the murder was premeditated.
While handing down the sentence, Kgomo said: "The accused was merciless, he killed the deceased like a chicken and manipulated the crime scene."
The judge said the fact that the accused tempered with the crime scene was a clear indication that "he planned it, and carefully executed it".
Melato's father, Lucky, said: "Justice has been served, but pain still remains with us [we will never see our child]."