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Woman gets 15 years for brutal murder of twin sister, chopping up body with axe

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The 35-year-old woman used a knife to stab her twin sister several times until she died. She then took an axe and chopped up her body.

Tshepho Mogoshadi Mphahlele was found guilty of brutally killing her twin sister, and chopping her body with an axe at Ga-Mogotlane village in Limpopo. Picture: SAPS

A 35-YEAR-old woman was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment by the Mokopane Regional Court for the murder of her twin sister at Ga Mogotlane village in Limpopo.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba said that Tshepho Mogoshadi Mphahlele was found guilty of brutally killing her twin sister on January 18.

“During the trial, the court heard how the accused attacked her twin sister after they got into a heated argument and she stabbed her with a knife several times until she died at their residence,” Mashaba said.

After the murder, Mphahlele chopped her sister’s body up with an axe, before fleeing the scene.

She later handed herself over at the Moletlane police station on January 20 and she was then arrested.

“The case was assigned to Sergeant Rodney Mothiba and he diligently worked on the case to ensure that the accused was denied bail until she was found guilty,” said Mashaba.

“The accused was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for the murder of her twin sister.”

The provincial commissioner of the police in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe welcomed Mphahlele’s sentencing.

Hadebe added that no person has the right to take away someone’s life, even if they are being provoked.

Tshepho Mogoshadi Mphahlele was found guilty of murdering her twin sister. Picture: SAPS

Last week, it was reported that a 19-year-old girl appeared before the Giyani Magistrate’s Court after she was arrested by the police at Sekgosese for the brutal murder of her 60-year-old father.

The teenager was arrested at Rooerfontein village outside Giyani, in the Mopani District.

“It is reported that the police received a report of a family fighting on Wednesday, November 29, at about 9.30pm, from a person who reported from Roerfontein village,” Mashaba said at the time.

“Upon arrival of the police at the crime scene, they discovered a lifeless body of a male person having stab wounds on his back, and on the right hand. He was identified by his wife as Edward Frank Ralekgokgo, aged 60.”

The police have since gathered that the 60-year-old father was involved in a heated argument with his wife, before he allegedly assaulted her.

“It is alleged that the deceased had a heated argument with his wife and the daughter realised that her mother was assaulted. She decided to shout, calling upon the community to come forward to assist in stopping the fight amongst the couple,” said Mashaba.

“Subsequently, the deceased (the father) suddenly attacked the suspect (the daughter) with a knife. The suspect managed to get the knife from the deceased and stabbed him.”

Moments later, the father was declared dead on the crime scene by paramedics.

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