Uyinene Mrwetyana's murder avenged: Justice serves 3 life sentences

Uyinene Mrwetyana's murder avenged: Justice serves 3 life sentences

- Justice was served today as Luyanda Botha was sentenced for the rape and murder of Uyinene Mrwetyana

- The judge passed down a severe sentence in line with the horror wrought by the former Post Office employee

- Botha had pleaded guilty to the crimes that had weighed so heavily on the nation's heart

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Luyanda Botha confessed to the rape and murder of 19-year-old Uyinene Mrwetyana, seeing the trial draw to a close.

TimesLIVE reports that Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe handed down three life sentences as well as an additional five years for defeating the ends of justice.

The Cape Town High Court heard how the accused pleaded guilty to the horrific crime, entering into a plea and sentencing agreement with the state.

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This did little to impede the severity of the charges, with Botha only eligible to apply for parole after serving one of his life sentences: 25 years from now, gathered.

The UCT student's family had been consulted by the state before the agreement had been entered into.

Botha had confessed that he had left the Post Office and enjoyed a few drinks after committing the crimes:

“I understand the charges. I am liable of my intentions, as I intended to rape and murder."

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