Boy who repeatedly raped and killed 95-Year-old grandmother gets sentence

 

A misguided youth who was 17 years old when he raped and murdered an elderly Uitenhage resident should receive direct imprisonment under the Child Justice Act, the Port Elizabeth High Court heard.

The elderly grandmother  was severely assaulted and the court found Mabope had raped the woman before she died.

Phumzile Mabope, 19, was convicted last month on 12 charges which included murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and housebreaking with intent to steal

“A sentence of 25 years is unjust. A sentence of that length would be failing the accused and taking away any chance of rehabilitation,” said Coertzen.

In aggravation of sentence, the State argued that socio-economic circumstances should not have determined his actions.

Phumzile Mabope, 19, was convicted last month on 12 charges which included murder, rape, robbery with aggravating circumstances and housebreaking with intent to steal.

The most horrific of the charges involved the brutal murder and rape of an elderly Uitenhage resident, 95-year-old Maria Vermaak.

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