Gert Waterwond was convicted of raping and murdering Katty Johannes, 53, on October 3 last year in Campbell, Lieutenant Donald Mdhluli said.
He committed the crimes with another man, Abraham Swartz. Both men were arrested the same day Johannes was murdered. Swartz died during the trial.
Around 6pm on October 3, Waterwond and Swartz stole two chickens from Johannes’s garden. Later that night, they returned to the house, where Johannes was home alone with her eight-year-old daughter.
“They broke into the house and stole an amplifier and a DVD player… Both men raped the woman in front of the child. Thereafter they strangled her and left,” Mdhluli said.
Johannes’s husband was not home as he was fishing with family friends.
The two men were arrested following a manhunt. A DVD player, amplifier and two slaughtered chickens were found in their possession. They were positively identified in an ID parade and charged with rape, murder, and housebreaking.
Swartz and Waterwond first appeared in Douglas Magistrate’s Court. The case was transferred to the high court, before Swartz’s death.