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Grandparents' killer waits for verdict

By unknown | Nov 24, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

The sentencing of a man who killed his grandparents by burning them beyond recognition was moved from the Nelspruit circuit of the Pretoria high court to the Middelburg circuit court yesterday.

This was because the pre-sentencing report by a social worker was not complete.

Judge Nico Coetzee transferred the sentencing of Welcome Mbatha, 26, who is currently serving 10 months for housebreaking. Three months of the sentence are for escaping from custody.

Mbatha, of Magudu village in the Nkomazi region of Mpumalanga, was found guilty on October 12 and was due for sentencing yesterday.

He killed his grandparents - Piet Masilela, 70, and Mariam, 66 - in January 2004 by pouring petrol in their room and setting it alight after breaking into their house and stealing their bank card.

He was arrested when he went to a sangoma whom he asked to bathe him so that he would become invisible to the police.

He told his girlfriend, Nonhlanhla Nkosi, 18, that he had killed his grandparents.

He was arrested with two friends, Khathazo Ngwenya, 22, and Sonnyboy Mbatsane, 21. Both were acquitted.


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