LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- A 36-year-old woman has been jailed for the brutal murder of her boyfriend in Pretoria East, South Africa.
The defendant was sentenced at a Pretoria High Court, earlier today, for the murder of one Mthetheleli Gwanya, and two years of direct imprisonment for defeating the ends of justice.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Regional spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana, in a statement, disclosed that Ramushu attempted suicide after killing the deceased.
“A week before Ramushu killed the deceased, she discovered that the deceased had a girlfriend and two children she was not aware of. After the discovery, she invited the deceased over to her place at Mooikloof Ridge,” the statement read.
“On the morning of 31 April, 2021, the accused prepared breakfast for the two of them and purred sleeping pills in the deceased drink. The deceased became drowsy, and it was at that point that Ramushu handcuffed him, poured boiling water on him, and assaulted him several times with an axe on his neck until he died.
“After, she wrapped his body with a blanket and left it in her garage. After cleaning the scene, she tried to commit suicide by drinking patrol and fled the scene with the deceased’s car
“However, she was later found unconscious inside the stationed vehicle at Grasfontein Road, by the metro Police and the paramedics who took her to Steve Biko Hospital.
“On the same day, a missing person’s report was opened at Boschkop police station, by the long-term girlfriend after the deceased did not arrive to pick her up and his children.
“When Ramushu regained consciousness at the hospital, she contacted her family members requesting them to go to her place of residence with the police, where they found the body of the deceased body in her garage. Ramushu was arrested the same day at the hospital.”
During the court proceeding, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and told the court that it was an accident. Through her legal representative, she prayed the court to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence.
However, prosecutor Andre Wilsenach, told the court that life imprisonment was the appropriate sentence because the defendant showed no true remorse for her actions, and did not tell the court why she committed the offence.
Delivering the judgment, Judge Papi Masopa, said Ramushu had no respect for the right to life, making the deceased die a painful death in her hands.
“Not only did she not have respect for life, but she also did not respect the deceased’s right to privacy because when the deceased was found he was half naked,” he added.
The judge further declared that there were no substantial and compelling circumstances to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence and found that Ramushu was a pathetic liar who did not take responsibility for her actions.