Tears of relief poured down the face of the wife of a murder victim yesterday when her husband's killer was sentenced to a hefty term of imprisonment.
Vuyani Mehlala, 40, from Port Elizabeth, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the 2004 murder of 54-year-old Sebenzile Xoshomba when he appeared at the New Law regional court, in Port Elizabeth, yesterday.
"I am feeling much better now that he has been sentenced but my husband will never come back to me," said heartbroken 49-year-old Nomonde Xoshomba.
Mehlala's wife told the court on Tuesday that on the day of the incident she had been at a shebeen in Zwide township when her husband and the deceased had an argument. In the heat of the argument, she said, her husband had fired a gunshot at the deceased.
Magistrate Chris Nauder in rejecting Mehlala's plea for a suspended sentence, so that he could take care of his family, said that this showed that Mehlala placed no value on human life.