STERKSPRUIT – SAPS endeavours continue to yield positive results as more heavy sentences are handed down as a result of the quality investigative skills adopted by our dedicated detectives.
The efforts of police investigator were rewarded when Sipho Mphumanto, 48 was sentenced to life Imprisonment for murder.
It is alleged that on 13 November 2016 the accused in the case alleged that he was robbed of his phone by Mokameli Phumane aged 20.
The accused then traced the homestead of the Phumane with the purpose of getting back his cellphone. At his arrival he requested Phumane to go with him.
As they reached the petrol station in Sterkspruit town he severely assaulted Phumane all over his body and demanded his cellphone. This was witnessed by bystanders. Phumane denied having knowledge of the cellphone.
After the assault Phumane phoned his mother to come and fetch him. The mother realized that her son was seriously injured and took him to hospital where he passed away.
The accused Sipho Mphumanto was arrested on the 15 November 2016 and received bail. He attended court trial until the 23 November 2020 when he was found guilty and sentenced to undergo a life Imprisonment sentence at the Sterkspruit Regional court.
The acting District Commissioner Brigadier Rudolph Adolph congratulated D/Sgt Robert Soldaka on the professional investigation and also the fruitful collaboration between the courts, the SAPS and the NPA which led to the lengthy prison term.
Source: South African Police Service