2008-06-24 : Court clerk jailed for murder

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2008-06-24 : Court clerk jailed for murder

Postby GOSA » Wed, 2008-07-16 14:39

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Court clerk jailed for murder

June 24 2008 at 06:19PM

A Pretoria court clerk was jailed for 30 years on Tuesday for shooting
dead the mother of two of his children.

Sentencing Mohlala Frank Rametsi, Acting Pretoria High Court Judge
Peter Mabuse said Rametsi had sorted out his problems with a firearm.

The father of four was convicted of murdering his wife Dimakatso
Priscilla Mphasha in September 2006.

The couple lived apart after each obtained an interdict against the
other - Rametsi to stop his wife from moving goods out of their house
and she to stop him from assaulting her.

They were due to go to the Pretoria North magistrate's court, where
Rametsi worked as an administrative clerk, to contest the interdicts
on the day of the crime.

The judge said it was clear that Rametsi could not sort out his
problems with his wife. He certainly did not want to appear in the
court where he worked in front of his colleagues.

As a justice department official, he knew about the seriousness of the
offences he had committed. Nevertheless decided to kill his wife.

Mabuse said there was evidence that Rametsi had not possessed a
firearm and the court could only conclude that he had obtained a
firearm from somewhere specifically to confront his wife that day.

The court accepted the evidence of an eyewitness, who said Rametsi had
arrived at his sister-in-law's house in Mamelodi, where his wife and
children were staying at the time, with a firearm.

Rametsi had fired several shots at his wife, who died at the scene of
a gunshot wound to the head.

The judge sentenced Rametsi to 25 years imprisonment on the murder
charge and a further five years effective imprisonment for illegal
possession of a firearm and ammunition. - Sapa
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