AT LAST, justice was served!
The Limpopo High Court sitting Thohoyandou was the scene of high octane drama of Friday when serial killer and rapist, Godfrey Ntshieni, was sentenced to nine life term imprisonment.
The former University of Venda Bachelor of Science student was found guilty in all 11 counts of rape and murder and two of robbery.
His sentences will run concurrently.
Ntshieni confessed to the murder of 22-year-old University of Venda agriculture student Livhuwani Mmbodi on campus in March 2014, and two young girls aged eight and nine in the nearby Golgotha area of Thohoyandou.
He also raped and murdered a 46-year-old university cleaner, Brenda Ndove in July 2014.
About eight witnesses including forensic pathologists, police officers, family members of the victims and a medical doctor were called to testify.
During the trial, Ndove’s family member Bongani Cibi told the court that the deceased was half naked and her head was slightly covered with a plastic bag, implying that she might have been suffocated.
In the Mmbodi case, a security officer at the university, Masia Magoro, who found Mmbodi’s body, said he was alerted by the killer that there was a body lying near the university’s clinic.
Acting Judge Jackson Mushasha was in no compromising mood on when he made sure that Ntshieni’s reign of terror was not allowed to continue.
Ntshieni is said to have committed these heinous crimes in a space of three and a half months.
State prosecutor Ratshilumela Makhera said Ntshieni has researched and planned all his attacks on innocent females including two young girls.
During the emotion-charged trial, Judge Mushasha described Ntshieni as intelligent and a liar whose credentials were dented.
After the sentencing, the father of the eight-year-old victim Alice Mashau, Mbulayeni said he welcomed the judge’s decision to send Ntshieni to life imprisonment.
A livid Mashau said: “Life imprisonment is not a boys’ job. He should have thought about that before committing these satanic crimes.”