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The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) has welcomed two life terms handed down to Taelo Stephen Mathabathaba by the Mpumalanga High Court.
The 33 years old Mathabatha from Mbalenhle was found guilty of rape and murder of a 63-year-old woman by the High Court sitting in Delmas on Wednesday.
DPP Spokesperson in the region Monica Nyuswa said that Mathabathaba pleaded guilty to the crimes and was convicted of housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, rape, murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
The court heard that Mathabathaba broke into the house at Hodgson Street in Secunda in the early evening hours of February 2019. The deceased, Corrienne Tesner was at her backroom when Mathabathaba accosted her.
“In his plea statement, he told the court that he dragged Tesner to the bedroom and forcefully raped her. He added that as he was leaving the house, she rose up and he grabbed her. He took out a knife and stabbed her 31 times and she succumbed to her injuries. He then smeared her blood on her vagina to get rid of the DNA and fled the scene with her motor vehicle, laptop, sound system and a television set.”
“In aggravation of sentence, state advocate Lawrence Motheogane, called the deceased’s daughter Anna to testify. She described her mother as a former receptionist at Highveld Park High School. She added that her mother was loved by many people and had a good sense of humor. She said even today they were still traumatized by the way their mother was killed” said Nyuswa.
Mathabathaba was sentenced to five years imprisonment for housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, life imprisonment for rape, another life imprisonment for murder, fifteen years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and another three years for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.