20 years for murdering ex-girlfriend

Community & Police

The Kuruman Regional Court has on Thursday, 17 August 2017 sentenced 33-year-old Olebogeng Magara to 20 years direct imprisonment for murdering his then 40-year-old ex-girlfriend.
It was on 19 December 2016 at Batlharos village near Kuruman when Magara was at a local tavern and saw his ex-girlfriend speaking to another man. He went and physically attacked the victim, asking her why she was speaking to other men in front of him and that is when he stabbed her with a sharp object. The victim tried to run away but collapsed.
Magara further assaulted the victim's friend who tried to go and call help from the family. Magara was arrested on the same day and had since been in custody as bail was denied due to the fact that he had a pending case of assaulting the very same victim he murdered.
The court sentenced him to 20 years for murder, three years for assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and six months for assault common. The sentences will run concurrently and he was further declared unfit to possess a firearm.
The Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Risimati Shivuri welcomed the sentence and commented the investigating
officer, Warrant Officer Mpho Basekiseng for the sterling investigation that ensured that Magara face jail time. The sentence will serve as deterrent to other perpetrators of gender based violence and also shows that the law is serious about crimes committed against women.