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Two life sentences for rape and murder of pensioner

5 November 2020

Staff Reporter/ PretoriaLIVE

MPUMALANGA – The High Court of South Africa in Mpumalanga Division sentenced a thirty-three-year-old man from Mbalenhle, Taelo Stephen Mathabathaba to two life terms and twenty-three years direct imprisonment for rape and murder of a 63-year-old woman.

It is alleged that Mathabathaba broke into the house of the deceased. Corrienne Tsener was at her backroom when Mathabathaba accosted her.

Mathabathaba pleaded guilty, in his plea statement, he told the court that he dragged Tesner to the bedroom and forcefully raped her.

The NPA said, “as he was leaving the house, she rose up and he grabbed her. He took out a knife and stabbed her thirty-one times and she succumbed to her injuries. He then smeared her blood on her vagina to get rid of the DNA and fled the scene with her motor vehicle, laptop, sound system and a television set.”

Tsener was a former receptionist at Highveld Park High School, who was loved by many people and had a good sense of humor said Anna, as she described her late mother.

Anna added that the family is still traumatized by the way their mother was killed.

Mathabathaba was also sentenced to five years imprisonment for housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, fifteen years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and another three years for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The sentences in some counts to run concurrently with the life imprisonment sentence.