Man sentenced for setting his girlfriend alight

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The eMalahleni Regional Court convicted and sentenced Kholofelo Nonyane (37) to ten years of direct imprisonment for the attempted murder of his 21-year-old girlfriend. In December 2019, Nonyane had a heated argument with his girlfriend at Coronation where they were residing.

Mpumalanga National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Monica Nyuswa said while the victim was asleep, the accused poured paraffin on her, set her alight in a locked room, and fled the scene. The victim sustained injuries on her body.

“The accused was later found in his hide-out in Shatale Bushbuckridge, where he was arrested. In court, Nonyane pleaded not guilty, and the state-led evidence of three state witnesses including the evidence of the victim who testified from what she experienced on the day of the incident.”

Nyuswa added that the landlord who heard the victim screaming, and saw that she was badly burnt also testified. “Their evidence collaborated with the testimony of the doctor who treated the victim when she arrived in hospital.”

 State Prosecutor Maureen Nkosi, emphasized to the court that this is a perfect example of gender-based violence, arguing for the court to impose a suitable sentence

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) strongly condemns violence against women and children and applauds all stakeholders involved to secure maximum sentence and justice for the victim.                                                                                                                 

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