Standerton Regional Court sends murderer to 15 years in prison – Ridge Times

Sibusiso Michael Tshabalala (35) was sentenced to 15 years in prison by Standerton Regional Court on Wednesday October 26 for murder.

His sentencing came after the body of Sakie Pieter Sondezi, 40, was found at Standerton station with multiple stab wounds in September 2018.

Police and medical personnel, as well as all relevant stakeholders have been summoned to the scene. A bloodstained glove was discovered next to the victim’s body.

He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. Standerton Police have opened a murder case.

A team of investigators was assembled to ensure the glove was considered crucial for forensic testing.

According to the police, a DNA sample was extracted. The accused was arrested in May 2021 after being positively linked to the DNA murder.

Tshabalala was tried and the state presented evidence against him and he was found guilty. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.

The SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Semakaleng Daphney Manamela, expressed her gratitude to everyone who contributed in one way or another to the case, including the investigation team, the prosecution team and the judiciary.

The general said that their efforts resulted in the commendable award.



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Elna M. Lemons