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Man sentenced to 12 years for tavern stabbing

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A 25-year-old Northern Cape man was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Kuruman Regional Court for killing a man during a tavern brawl.

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A 25-YEAR-old Northern Cape man, Ipotseng Kgamane from Tsineng village, was sentenced to 12 years in prison by the Kuruman Regional Court for killing a man during a tavern brawl.

According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) regional spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane, the incident, which took place on November 26, 2022, began as a physical altercation over alcohol between the deceased and a friend of Kgamane.

“The deceased was involved in a physical fight with one of his friends at a tavern over alcohol. The accused (Kgamane) approached the deceased from the back, took a knife and fatally stabbed him in the chest. The accused used the knife to fight the deceased, even though his friend and the deceased were not armed during the fight. The police were called to the scene and the accused was arrested and charged with murder,” said Senokoatsane.

During the trial, Kgamane claimed he had entered the fight to defend his friend.

“The accused alleged that the deceased had unsuccessfully tried to snatch his phone while they were inside the bathroom. He said that his anger boiled over when he saw the deceased fighting with his friend. He decided to involve himself by fatally stabbing the deceased in the chest,” said Senokoatsane.

He added that the regional court prosecutor, Kekeletso Lekota, argued for the minimum prescribed sentence and made use of the victim impact statement to detail how the victim’s death had negatively affected his mother.

“The court sentenced the accused to 12 years of direct imprisonment. He was also declared unfit to possess a firearm.”

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