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The Polokwane magistrate's court erupted into loud cheers when a 28-year-old hardened criminal was sentenced to 74 years' imprisonment.
Simon Mapheto was convicted on 16 charges of attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, theft out of a motor vehicle, housebreaking with intent to steal, theft and indecent assault.
In passing sentence magistrate Stian Gerike described Mapheto as a heartless person who deserved to be locked up behind bars.
Gerike said Mapheto would only qualify for parole after serving 30 years in jail.
The stiff sentence was greeted with loud cheers inside and outside the court.
Polokwane police spokesman Lesiba Ramoshaba said the police welcomed the sentence, which would serve as a deterrent for would-be criminals.
The sentence is a sequel to an incident in Jorisson Street, Polokwane, on October 6 last year.
Mapheto entered a couple's yard, broke a window of their vehicle and stole a radio, jacket and camera.
The court heard yesterday that Mapheto then broke into the house, where he picked up a knife and stabbed the owner.
The victim's wife, who was in the bedroom with her daughter, tried to scream for help but Mapheto assaulted them.
Despite the excruciating pain as a result of the stab wound, the victim wrestled with Mapheto, held him against a wall and tied him up.
Police were called and he was arrested.