National 11.8.2016 04:38 pm

East London businessman’s killer gets life in jail

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

Eastern Cape detectives have welcomed the life sentence imposed on the killer of well-known businessman Lulamile Mbewana.

Police spokesperson Captain Mluleki Mbi said Andile Mxakatho was recently sentenced in the East London Regional Court to life in prison for the June 2014 murder of Mbewana. The court further imposed “15 years for aggravated robbery and 10 years for rape”. Mxakatho was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

On the night of June 15, 2014, Mxakatho approached the vehicle of Mbewana, who was sitting with a female companion, and knocked on their window demanding they open the doors.

“During that moment the assailant fired a shot through the window and fatally wounded Mr Mbewana,” Mbi said. “It is alleged that the assailant demanded a cellphone from the woman at gunpoint and ordered her to search the deceased. Upon her doing so an iPhone, Nokia cellphone, wallet with cash and cards, wrist watch, wedding ring and a bunch of keys, including car keys, were robbed.”

According to Mbi, the woman was then later raped by Mxakatho in nearby bushes.

Police investigators from Cambridge followed up on leads which led them to the whereabouts of the accused and the recovery of a firearm, the iPhone, keys and wrist watch.

Cambridge station commander Brigadier Nomso Siganga commended the investigators and the prosecuting authority for the successful investigation and prosecution of the case.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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