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'Disagreement' over serial killer's sentence

By unknown | Aug 21, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Chester Makana

Chester Makana

The state and defence counsel in the trial of alleged serial killer Mukosi Mulaudzi differed on whether he should be given an option to be rehabilitated after sentencing today.

Mulaudzi, 45, was found guilty on all charges. The state further appealed for the sentence to be more than 100 years.

Mulaudzi faces charges ranging from murder, attempted murder, rape and housebreaking to theft.

He was arrested in 2006 after a killing spree. He was also accused of raping and robbing his victims.

Yesterday Thohoyandou high court Judge Godfrey Hetisani postponed the case to today because state advocate Bethuel Manyuha and defence council James Manwadu differed in their submissions to court over sentencing.

Manwadu told the court that Mulaudzi should not be given a sentence that will prohibit him from being rehabilitated, but Manyuha said Mulaudzi did not show any sign that he could be rehabilitated.

"The court must not impose a sentence that will break him," Manwadu said in mitigation. "He might be rehabilitated."

When he was arrested Mulaudzi was on the run after allegedly escaping from Baviaanspoort Prison 11 years ago. He was serving two life sentences at the time.

When Judge Hetisani called for a heavier sentence, Manwadu argued that it would not serve any purpose since Mulaudzi was already a convicted prisoner.

But Manyuha said Mulaudzi did not deserve to be allowed out into the community.

"This man did not respect human life," Manyuha said. " The fact that he has a child should not be considered when sentence is passed.

"How can a person assault, injure and rape a heavily pregnant woman? That's very cruel."

Hetisani said he wanted to pray first since he did not have the "wisdom of Solomon" and wanted to rest before passing sentence.


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