AN ABUSIVE man who killed his ex-wife and her companion hours after she obtained a protection order against him has been sentenced to 25 years in jail by the Limpopo High Court sitting in Thohoyandou.
Tebogo Moabelo killed Mapule Darlene Modiba and her male companion Victor Radebe in October 2014.
The cold blood murders happened shortly after his ex-wife obtained a protection order against him.
When handing down the sentence, acting judge Maele Mushasha said women needed to be free to do what they wanted to do with their lives.
National Prosecution Authority spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi said Moabelo was found guilty of two counts of murder, as well as an additional charge of using a car without authorisation.
“The killings took place the same day after the accused appeared before the Makhado Magistrate court for a final protection order which was issued against him for abusing the said ex-lover,” said Malabi-Dzhangi.
Moabelo accosted Modiba at her rented house in Makhado.
He found her seated with Radebe and started shooting at them several times, leaving them dead.
Moabelo then took Radebe’s car, drove back to his home in Bochum and abandoned the car in the bush.
Moabelo was arrested the following day in his home town.
Advocate Ratshilumela Makhera, for the state, urged the court to sentence Moabelo to life imprisonment for each count of murder.
He further submitted that deceased was killed because she was no longer interested in Moabelo as he was abusive while Radebe murdered for no apparent reason.
Advocate Ronny Rambau, for the accused, argued that Moabelo be sentenced to 15 years in jail for each count of murder and part of it suspended.
He urged the court to order that the two sentences run concurrently.
Adv. Rambau argued that Moabelo did not plan the killings and that they were a spur of a moment kind of incident.
He also submitted that Moabelo loved Modiba so much that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.