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'My young daughter's killer deserves life in jail'

By unknown | Feb 09, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Michael Sakuneka

A furious Limpopo woman - whose daughter was raped before being strangled and killed by her neighbour's son - has called for a life sentence for the killer.

She feels that the convicted murderer and rapist is a threat to society.

Selaelo Motswi of Shotong village in Bolobedu was speaking to Sowetan after the 28-year-old man was found guilty on one count of murder and one of rape.

The hearing was held in a special sitting of the Pretoria high court in Tzaneen on Friday.

Motswi said she could not stand the sight of the killer, Solomon Lerato Malatji.

"I just wish this man could be given a life sentence.

"Every time I see the house in which my daughter was raped and brutally killed it revives my anger," Motswi said.

Malatji's arrest followed the killing of Motswi's 12-year-old daughter, Sophy Mabelane in August 2006.

Her body was found in Malatji's house after he had repeatedly raped her and then strangled her, using the jeans she had been wearing.

The court also heard how Malatji had forced a cloth into the victim's mouth and pushed it down her throat to suffocate her, and then left her to die alone in the house.

Mabelane's face was found covered in blood.

Her jaw had also been fractured by what appeared to be a blunt object.

According to Judge Ntsikelelo Poswa, although Malatji's legal defence had asked that the murder charge against him be dropped because he denied having killed Mabelane from the start of the trial, this did not mean that Malatji was not guilty of murder.

The case was postponed to Monday next week for sentencing.


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