Cape Town – A 28-year-old man was on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment by the Johannesburg High Court for stabbing his girlfriend to death.
It was alleged that Ontiretse Presley Ramosidi stabbed Bulelwa Thimbela multiple times in Tshepisong, Johannesburg in December 2020.
Ramosidi, who shared a shack with the deceased, was allegedly angry because Thimbela had spent the night out with friends at a tavern, police said in a statement.
“He confronted the deceased and an argument ensued. The accused took out knives from the kitchen drawer and attempted to stab Thimbela, but her friend managed to intervene. After Thimbela’s friend left, the accused locked the deceased inside the shack and stabbed her multiple times. He thereafter locked the shack with a chain and fled the scene,” said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo.
The deceased was found lying in a pool of blood on the bed by her family, said Masondo.
“The deceased was discovered by her family, following witnessing the commotion between the couple. They became suspicious when they saw the accused locking the shack and leaving, as they knew that he was not alone inside the shack. They found the spare key and opened it, finding the deceased lying in a pool of blood on the bed,” said Masondo.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) commended the dedication of both the prosecutor, Advocate Mbaqa and investigating officer Sergeant Magoboya, towards the fight against gender-based violence.
“Society relies on the court system to root out the pandemic of gender-based violence by imposing sentences that portray the seriousness of the Criminal Justice System in its fight against gender-based violence,” said Magoboya.
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe