Gantsi deathrow inmates dread hangman

Court Of Appeal PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Court Of Appeal PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Former Gantsi farmhands who were convicted in 2017 for brutally murdering their employer on Tuesday approached the Court of Appeal in a bid to dodge hangman.

The two deathrow inmates, Tshiamo Kgalalelo and Mmika Mpe, who have been sentenced to death and nearly 20 years on other charges for the 2014 incident appeared before the bench hoping to overturn their sentence on all charges including murder, abduction and arson. They were mainly challenging Lobatse High Court judge, Justice Abednego Tafa’s finding that there was no extenuating circumstances in the murder conviction, therefore declaring the pair to hang. Kgalalelo, 33, and Mpe, 29, were in 2017 found guilty and convicted of attacking their employer Reinette Vorster; stealing her Toyota Hilux valued at P300, 000; two cellphones and cash amounting to P11, 000.

The deceased former employer had been driving from her farm to Gantsi at the time of the attack. The two then murdered Vorster and burnt her inside the vehicle.   Appearing before the bench of Justices Lesetedi, Ian Kirby and Leatile Dambe first appellant Kgalalelo’s lawyer, Letlhogonolo Makgane said on the murder charge it was not premeditated and that his client never went out to murder the deceased. He explained that at the time of the offence, the pair only wanted to rob the deceased and that his client was still a youth. “Imprisonment will be an appropriate sentence as they never planned to murder the deceased, but just to rob her,” he argued.

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