South Africa 14.3.2017 04:47 pm

Duo who burned Soweto girl to death sentenced to life

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

Francisco Mahlangu and Delisile Nyembe were found guilty of premeditated murder.

The family members of a 19-year-old girl who was burnt to death in Braamfischerville, Soweto, got closure when the Protea Regional court sentenced both men to life imprisonment, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday.

“Francisco Mahlangu and Delisile Nyembe were found guilty of premeditated murder with Delisile further sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for robbery and theft of R4 000 stolen from the deceased bank account. Both sentences were ordered to run concurrently with the life imprisonment,” NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane said.

Mjonondwane said the duo lured the girl to their place of residence in Braamfischer. They grabbed and pinned the deceased down and fastened her hands, legs and taped her mouth. Later on the deceased started foaming, gasping and was unconscious.

The accused loaded the deceased into a rubbish bin and pushed it to a dumping site. They offloaded her, assembled waste material and other inflammable on top of her body and set her alight.

“In praying with the court to dispense a just and proper sentence, prosecutor Mr. Mike Hlatshwayo argued that the duo were gruesome in the commission of their offence and justice must be seen to prevail for the family of the deceased,” said Mjonondwane.

Trio arrested for theft near PTA

– African News Agency

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