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BREAKING: 32 years behind bars for Karabo Mokoena's killer Sandile Mantsoe

Sandile Mantsoe, who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Karabo Mokoena, was sentenced to 32 years in prison on May 3 2018.

Acting judge Peet Johnson on Thursday did not mince his words as he sentenced Karabo Mokoena’s killer‚ Sandile Mantsoe‚ to an effective 32 years behind bars.

“The court cannot describe you in any other way but as a devil in disguise‚” Johnson said as he read through his judgment in the High Court in Johannesburg.

“I am guessing you thought that your riches would get you everywhere but they got you nowhere‚” he added.

While Mantsoe’s lawyer had pushed to get him a minimum sentence‚ Johnson said he “deserved nothing less than a harsh punishment“‚ emphasising that he would need to pay the price for killing Mokoena.

He said there were no mitigating factors to give him a lesser sentence.

Describing Mantsoe as a danger to society‚ Johnson sentenced Mantsoe to 30 years for murder‚ a further five years for assault and four years for defeating the ends of justice‚ adding that he had given a bad name to men.

Two of the five years for the assault and three of the four years for the obstruction of justice would run concurrently.

Mantsoe sentence explained

Here’s how the judge got to 32 years for Sandile Mantsoe. Please update the other court copy with this expanded breakdown:

He was handed five years for assault — three years have been suspended.

Defeating the ends of justice‚ he was handed four years. Two of those have been suspended.

The two years left over from the assault and two years left over from the defeating the ends of justice will run concurrently.

He was sentenced to 30 for murder. So that makes it 32 years.

Acting Judge Peet Johnson was scathing in his sentencing of convicted murderer Sandile Mantsoe for the killing of Karabo Mokoena, on May 3 2018. Mantsoe received an effective 32 years in prison. H...

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