CRIME: Suspect sentenced to 20 years for murdering his girlfriend

Newcastle SAPS confirmed an average of three cases of domestic violence were opened every month.

Domestic violence can affect anyone in any community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.

Domestic violence includes physical, verbal, emotional, economic, religious, and sexual abuse.

According to police reports, a 24-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years behind bars on August 20, for the murder of his girlfriend in Madadeni.

It is alleged an argument took place between the suspect and his girlfriend on June 11.

The argument soon turned violent and led to the suspect, who was wearing boots at the time, assaulting his girlfriend by kicking her against the head multiple times.

“The injuries caused the deceased (then aged 23 years of age) to start bleeding from the mouth and nose.”

The murder suspect had fled the scene before the police arrived at the house, where they found the lifeless body of the unfortunate victim.

An intensive search was conducted by police and the suspect was apprehended a while later, after trying to unsuccessfully hide in a neighbours backyard.

The suspect was kept in police custody ever since and appeared before the Madadeni Regional Court on August 16, where he received his hefty prison sentence.

The sentencing was welcomed by the Madadeni SAPS Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ngobese-Ndlovu, who lauded the investigating officer, Warrant Officer Skhumbuzo Mntambo, for his dedication and thorough investigation which ensured justice was done.

Newcastle SAPS confirmed an average of three cases of domestic violence were opened every month, besides the number of protection orders served monthly.

“Although this matter concerns both men and women, it is more likely for a woman to be the victim as they tend to experience more severe forms of violence.”

The leading causes of domestic violence were financial strain, jealousy, and adultery.

Below is a list of behavioural signs indicative of domestic violence.

– The victim expresses fear or anxiety

– They show major personality changes (e.g. an outgoing person becomes withdrawn)

– They are constantly depressed, anxious, or suicidal

– They are restricted from seeing family and friends

– They rarely go out in public without their partner

– They have limited access to money, credit cards, or the car.

Abuse is often not reported, because the victim is too scared, or is too easily placated by niceties like gifts, flowers or dining and wining.

Victims of abuse are encouraged to apply for a protection order against the abuser. By getting such an order, your partner may not enter the family home or your workplace.

If you are being abused, you can contact your local police station, or SAPS emergency number 10111 and SAPS Crime Stop 08600 10111.

Zianne Leibrandt

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