Tebogo Msimanga |
The High Court in North West sentenced Odirile Figland (27), to two life terms on two counts of murder and a cumulative 85 years for other serious offences. He was convicted on two counts of murder, one of attempted murder, two of unlawful possession of a firearm.
The conviction relates to an incident, that occurred at Wintervelt in Odi, in June 2017, at a tavern, whereat Figland was playing dice with the friends of Zonele Abraham (deceased) before a squabble ensued.
North West National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Henry Mamothame said Figland took out a gun and fired three shots toward Abrahams, but two missed him and the third hit him on the abdomen. “He died on his way to the hospital”.
In a separate incident that took place in March 2018, in Wintervelt, Figland approached three women who were walking from a tavern. He enquired about where they were heading to. One of them, identified as Susan responded and said their destination was not his problem.
Mamothame said this angered Figland and he started assaulting Susan, but she managed to free herself and ran into a nearby yard. “He followed her into the yard and started assaulting her again. The owner of the house Isaiah Mabena and his wife, went out to investigate the commotion in their yards”.
They then witnessed Figland assaulting Susan, and they reprimanded him to stop. “He later came back with a friend, who handed him a gun. He then fired shots at the window of the house before breaking the door. Upon entering the house he fired several shots at Mabena, who later died at a hospital”. Explained Mamothame.
Advocate Takalani Muneri argued that Figland is a dangerous killer who should be removed from society.