Police management welcomes a hefty sentence handed down to murderers.

The police management in the province has welcomed a hefty sentence that was handed down to Chris Ntimane,28 and Eugine Lubisi,29. The two were recently sentenced by the Mpumalanga Division of the High Court sitting in Nelspruit. The court sentenced the two after it was satisfied that they fatally stabbed two brothers, Ally Goodman,24 and Simon Mahlalela,31, with knives at Mashonamini Trust in Calcutta, near Hazyview, back in 2019.

According to Mpumalanga Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the Mahlalela siblings and the two accused were at a certain tavern at Calcutta when an argument ensued over alcoholic beverages. He said the squabble led into the victims leaving the tavern with two other friends and headed home but Ntimane and Lubisi, who wanted to settle a score, stalked them to persist the earlier altercation.

“A serious fight then broke out between the victims and the accused but the Mahlalelas’ friends managed to flee.  The fight ended badly as the victims sustained fatal injuries. When the accused realised the consequences of their act, they fled the scene, leaving the victims helpless,” said Hlathi.

“This gruesome incident was then reported to the police whereupon arrival, the siblings were found lying in pools of blood with multiple stab wounds and they were certified dead by the paramedics. A team was established to investigate this matter, however, Ntimane handed himself over to the police later that day in the company of his relative meanwhile Lubisi, went on the run and had to be sought. He was finally sniffed out of his hiding place and arrested at a nearby hospital when he checked in for medical attention after the injuries he sustained in the said fight,” he added.

Hlathi said the two were charged accordingly and appeared before court where they were convicted and were both sentenced for 25 years in prison for each murder. However, the court directed that both sentences to run concurrently. The two were also found to be unfit to possess  firearms.

SAPS Acting Provincial Commissioner in Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla has lauded the sterling work displayed by the Investigation team, the Prosecution, as well as the Judiciary.

“We hope that the sentence will enable other would be offenders to learn a lesson from this and also bring closure to the victims’ family. People should know that crime does not pay but only brings disastrous consequences,” said General Phahla.

 

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