Pietermaritzburg High Court sentences three accused for Newcastle resident’s murder

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After more than a year’s worth of police investigations and court proceedings, justice has finally prevailed for Nhlonipho Edgar Madainane. His family finding solace that his murderers are now behind bars.

On 12 November 2018, Madinane’s body was found along the old Iscor Road. His hands and legs tied up, his mouth gagged, and his body severely burned.

Utrecht Detectives and the Amajuba Trio Task Team immediately got to work, determined to see the culprits brought to book.

Identifying the perpetrators through their investigations, the investigating team arrested all three suspects. One of the suspects had been hiding in the Madadeni and Utrecht area, while the second suspect was found in Vlakfontein in Johannesburg. The third suspect was found in Ngoma.

With the three suspects in police custody, the investigating officers found that not only had Madainane been in a relationship with one of the accused, but he and the suspects had been known to enjoy each other’s company.

On the day of the murder, Madinane and two of the accused were on their way to Utrecht. While driving, Madinane’s two passengers suddenly attacked him, before strangling him and taking his car to November’s Drift Farm

At the farm, they met the third accused and tied Madinane up and gagged him, using an old hosepipe and curtains.

The three suspects then drove to the Caltex Garage in Utrecht and purchased R200 worth of petrol.

Returning to the farm, showing no mercy, the accused poured the petrol over Madinane, who was still alive at the time, having survived the strangulation. The accused then stole his vehicle, laptop, cellphone, tablet and money.

Following their subsequent arrests, the three were sent to trial at Madadeni High Court from 26 January 2019 until 20 September 2019. The matter was then sent to the Pietermartizburg High Court for the verdict and sentencing, from February 10 until February 14.

On Friday, February 14, where all three of the accused were found guilty of premeditated murder (count one) and premeditated robbery with aggravated circumstances (count two).

Their sentencing is as follows:

Sphamandla Nelson Nxumalo was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for count one, with a further 12 years’ imprisonment for count two. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Lindokuhle Jonas Nkosi and Andile Mzala Dlamini were both sentenced to life imprisonment on count one, with a further 15 years imprisonment for count two. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, Captain Jabulani Ncube explains Madainane’s were present at sentencing.

“They were pleased with the sentences handed down to the accused involved and impressed with the quick finalisation of the matter.”

He adds the investigating team put in extensive time and work into the case, ensuring it was ready for court and to ensure there was a conviction.

Well done to the investigating team, ensuring the three accused face the consequences of their actions.

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