DURBAN – On Thursday three men convicted of murdering an elderly woman pensioner at an oThongathi (Tongaat) farmhouse were sentenced to imprisonment of 40 years each.
The youngest convict was the only one to convey shock at his sentence as he walked back to the court’s holding cells, the two other accused smiled and laughed in court.
Maristrate Anand Maharaji sentenced Smangaliso Michael Mayela, 21, Nkosinathi Ngcobo, 20, and Odwa Zide, 21, on many charges by Magistrate Anand Maharaj on Thursday, all three accused pleaded guilty at the Durban Magistrates Court.
They were charged with murder, attempted murder, robbery under aggravated circumstances and possession of an unlicensed firearm.
Spioenkop farmhouse near oThongathi where the attack occurred, was described as “brutal and well-orchestrated”.
The murder victim Virathapusharam Govender, 70 body was found gagged and left behind in her bedroom with a pillow over the body.
Her husband 72 year old Steve Govender managed to escaped death by playing death when the attackers went to check if he was still alive.
Virathapusharam Govender was well loved within the community and was killed brutally in her farmhouse. The three accused were sentenced to 25 years for murder, 10 years for robbery and five years for attempted murder, three years for possession of possession of unlicensed firearm.
The sentences will run concurrently, judge Maharaj said, ” Why would you want to do this to two elderly people who posed no threat to you? They could have easily been subdued or tied. I don’t believe they would have put up any resistance that warranted such violence.”
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