Father sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of his children

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The Pretoria North Magistrates Court sentenced Victor Timothy Phetla (36) to 40 years imprisonment for the murder of his two minor children. This is after he was convicted for two counts of murder on 01 September 2021 for killing his two minor children, a girl (4) and a boy (1 and 6 months).

National Prosecuting Authority NPA) North Gauteng Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana said on 01 September 2016, Phetla called the mother of the children requesting to take them out. “The mother agreed, though they were no longer in a relationship but asked him to bring the children back by 14h00 the following day.

On 02 September 2016 while at work, the mother called Phetla to ask him to get the children ready so they are not late for the agreed time.  After multiple attempts of calls, the girl child finally responded to the call sounding different from her usual self.

Mahanjana added that later, Phetla sent the mother a message on WhatsApp telling her that she should live her life the way she wishes but should ensure that she buries him next to his children. 

After this message, she asked to be released from work and called Phetla’s cousin to accompany her to Phetla’s place. In shock, she ran inside the main house to Phetlas mothers’ room where she found a lifeless body of her baby boy on top of the bed. She collapsed and lost consciousness. 

“The children were declared dead due to multiple stab wounds. Phetla was taken to hospital under police supervision and has been in custody since.”

Before trial, Phetla displayed signs of mental illness, however, an assessment done at Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital found him to be fit to stand trial. 

Phetla denied killing his children and pleaded not guilty to the charges of murder and claims that his children are still alive. The National Prosecuting Authority Welcomed the sentence.

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