56-year-old man sentenced to life in prison

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Tebogo Msimanga |

The North West High court sentenced a 56-year-old man, Solomon Given Tabane to three life terms on two counts of murder and one of rape. He was further sentenced to a combined 45 years for other serious offences.

Tabane’s conviction emanates from an incident that took place on 01 December 2018 where he met a couple walking at night in Ga-Rankuwa. He approached the couple with an intention to commit a crime. He then shot and killed the boyfriend and subsequently raped his girlfriend before fleeing the scene.

North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Henry Mamothame said in a separate incident that took place on 22 December 2018 at Kgabalatsane near Ga-Rankuwa, Tabane approached a group of young people who are said to be cousins.

“He then produced and shot and killed a 19-year-old girl. He then robbed them three cellphones and a powerbank.The deceased was awaiting her matric examination results which came a few days after her passing, having passed with a university entrance.”

Advocate Theo Moetaesi described Tabane as a ruthless and remorseless individual who has no respect for human life.

Judge Snyman indicated that Tabane’s actions will leave the families and friends of the deceased with long term emotional distress.

The Acting Director of Public Prosecutions in the North West, Dr Rachel Makhari-Sekhaolelo commended the investigating officer, Jacob Sekati from the SAPS and the prosecutor for a well-collaborated effort, which resulted in a successful conviction.

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