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Life sentence for man who stabbed girlfriend to death after accusing her of cheating

A man has been convicted of murder.

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A 32-year-old man, who stabbed his girlfriend to death after accusing her of having an affair, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

On Tuesday, the Mpumalanga High Court sentenced Tshepo Ngakane to life imprisonment for murder, 10 years in prison for attempted murder and five years for burglary.

According to Mpumalanga police spokesman, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala, Ngakane suspected a 35-year-old man of having an affair with his girlfriend.

On March 4, Mohlala said, Ngakane attacked the man, stabbed him repeatedly and left him in the bushes. Four days later, he attacked his girlfriend, Ntombifuthi Sibeko, stabbing her repeatedly. She then succumbed to her injuries.

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Mohlala said neighbors sounded the alarm when they saw a two-year-old boy, dressed in bloodstained clothes, walking down the street. The child and his residence were identified, after which the door of the house was forced open.

“Police were called to the scene and upon arrival the door was opened and Sibeko’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds and a slightly severed ear,” said Mohlala.

He said a police investigation led to Ngakane’s arrest on March 10, 2020.