On Wednesday, Lai Phepheng (36) from Ngwanamatle Village in Jane Furse was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for the heartless murder of his five-year-old son…
From the High Court of South Africa, Polokwane Division, Judge President Ephraim Makgoba found Phepheng guilty of killing Thato Phepheng on 1 December 2019.
The judge also handed down another two additional years for defeating the ends of justice.
On 1 December 2019, Phepheng took his son from his grandmother's home in Germiston while the mother was at work. He brought him to Jane Furse where he buried the child alive in the shallow grave in his yard.
Phepheng was arrested a few days later after he was confronted by the community of Ngwanamatle.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and stated that he was very angry because the mother divorced him.
The prosecutor, Advocate Sontaga Malefahlo, asked the court to impose a harsh punishment on Phepheng because he killed an innocent child over his separation from his mother.
"The killing of the deceased was brutal. He knew very well that his son was a very little innocent boy but he did not care about the little soul."
"Although the accused did show remorse and pleaded guilty to the charges the court should impose a harsh punishment on the accused because he killed the deceased for no reason. Killing of women and children has become a serious problem in our country and the courts must send a message that these evil actions will not go unpunished," said Malefahlo.
Judge President Makgoba agreed with the prosecutor and accordingly sentenced Phepheng to 20 years for murder and two years for defeating the ends of justice. The sentences will run concurrently.
The NPA welcomed the sentence.