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TWO LIFE TERMS FOR MURDER AND RAPE; FIFTEEN YEARS FOR ROBBERY OTHER THAN A WEAPON: NEWCASTLE
2020/10/08      |  Written By:  SAC S ARUMUGAM   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

It is alleged that between 2018-02-16 at about 20:00 to 2020-02-17 at 07:30, a body of an unknown woman was found at an open veld near Railway line, KwaMathukuza, Newcastle, with multiple stab wounds to the chest and blood on the face. The body was found by the member of the community and immediately contacted the Newcastle police. Upon arrival at the scene it was established that the body was half naked and sustained multiple stab wounds.

The docket was assigned to Detective Sergeant ZM Mthembu for investigation.

The determination, hard work and long hours of intensive investigation by Detective Sergeant ZM Mthembu from Newcastle SAPS to solve a Murder, Rape and Robbery case which led to an excellent conviction that was secured.

Taolana Thabanga, 24 years was convicted on 22 September 2020 by Newcastle Regional Court .

Count 1 : Murder – Imprisonment for Life.

Count 2 +3 taken as one : Rape  - Imprisonment for Life.

Count 4 : Robbery with aggravating circumstances : Fifteen [15] years imprisonment .

The accused was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

Colonel JJ  Kubheka, the Newcastle Detective Commander thanked Detective Sergeant ZM Mthembu  for her dedication, insightful investigation in securing an excellent  conviction.