A man sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend and son

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The Management of the South African Police Service in Limpopo has welcomed two life imprisonment sentences imposed on a double murder accused, David Matjila (45) who was sentenced by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane on Monday 17 October 2022.

On 2014 August 2021 at bout 20h00, the accused arrived at Appiesdoring in the Burgersfort policing area where his girlfriend Farina Mahlake (34) and her son Kgoitsione (02) at the residence and found them asleep.

Limpopo Police spokesperson Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi said the accused stabbed the mother and child several times with a knife, killing them instantly. “He then covered the deceased with a blanket and slept next to them. The following day, the accused fled the scene after a concerned resident alerted the police.

Seabi said the accused was arrested later on the same day while in a taxi to Hammanskraal in Gauteng province.

Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe lauded the investigating officer Sergeant Thelma Mokwena and other role players for the collaboration that ensured the cruel and heartless criminal is removed from society permanently.

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