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TWO NORTHERN Cape men were served hefty prison sentences after they were convicted in two separate murder incidents

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TWO NORTHERN Cape men were served hefty prison sentences after they were convicted in two separate murder incidents.

In the first case, a 52-year-old Petrusville man, Piet Dolophi, was sentenced to life imprisonment and a further 15 years for attempted murder by the Northern Cape High Court yesterday.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi, said Dolophi was convicted for the murder of a 29-year-old man.

“On November 3, 2017 a 29-year-old man died after he was set alight by Dolophi. In the same incident, a 11-month-old baby sustained injuries that left her disabled.

“According to evidence presented before court, Dolophi could not accept that his 19-year-old girlfriend had broken up with him for a younger man.

“The Northern Cape High Court sentenced him to life imprisonment for the murder and 15 years for the attempted murder of the child. Both sentences will run concurrently,” said Mooi.

In the second case, a 42-year-old man, Vuyisile Elias Mpinda, was found guilty in the De Aar Regional Court of the murder of his girlfriend.

“On October 22, 2017 Mpinda beat his girlfriend to death after an argument. The incident was only reported to the police a day later. Mpinda was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for murder,” Mooi said. – Benida Phillips