South African father who slaughtered his four children appeals for less jail time but judges increased his sentence to life imprisonment

South African father who slaughtered his four children appeals for less jail time but judges increased the sentence to life imprisonment
The attempts of a South African man, Lesiba Kekana to appeal the length of his sentence for killing his own four sons backfired after the sentence was increased from 52 years to life imprisonment. Kekana’s lawyers argued that he was supposedly grief-stricken after the loss of the sons he himself murdered and this should lead to his sentence being reduced. The five judges hearing the case disagreed. Judge Tati Makgoka, speaking on behalf of all the judges, called the argument “egregious in the extreme” and promptly upped Kekana’s sentence to life. Kekana pleaded guilty to slitting the throats of his four boys in 2015, in Limpopo, reportedly due to his discovery that his wife had been unfaithful. It emerged in the trial that he had made his wife listen on the phone as one of the children was killed. In 2016, Judge Joseph Raulinga ruled that although Kekana had “shown no mercy” and “slaughtered” his children like “sheep”, he could not impose a heavier sentence because when he pleaded guilty, Kekana had invoked a section of the Criminal Law Amendment Act that relates to murders that are not premeditated. In his judgment regarding the appeal on October 31, Makgoga ruled that the facts of the case show the murder was indeed premeditated, and that the fact that the victims were his owns sons meant his previous sentence was too lenient. “He used his children as pawns to be sacrificed in his battle with his wife,” said the judge. When considering an appropriate sentence‚ the lodestar remains the enduring triad — the crime‚ the offender and the interests of society.” Elsewhere in the judgment, he said: “It is difficult to imagine a more callous and despicable deed than a parent killing his own children.” “The sentence that is imposed should… reflect the community’s indignation over [the father’s] ghastly deeds,” Makgoga ruled. The post South African father who slaughtered his four children appeals for less jail time but judges increased his sentence to life imprisonment appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.


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  1. They should have sentence him to death by hanging

  2. this man is heartless ooo. why will he kill his four sons? he deserves the sentence

  3. Wonders shall never cease,what a cruel world.

  4. Even when he dies, the devil is supposed to sentence him too for he’s actions in hell

  5. life imprisonment isnt enough for his crime. he should be made to also face capital punishment each day he spends in that prison alive. for him to have slaughtered 4 kids who did nothing to him, that means he musnt be repentant of his actions yet. it will take a whole lot of punishment for him to feel sorry for his actions

  6. He should face dead sentence

  7. That serves him right

  8. Wow. This world is wicked. How can a father kill his own children. What wrong could they have done to him. Did his own Father kill him?

  9. Amazing how will a father killed his four children with ordinary eye. Its impossible, am very sure he’s under a spell.

  10. Justice must avail

  11. Life imprisonment is even small to the crime he committed they should have hang him wicked man

  12. This kind of people should not be in the earth

  13. He doesn’t deserve prison sef, he deserves hell fire

  14. How can a man kill his own children

  15. He slaughtered his 4 sons because of a feud with his wife? Preposterous!

  16. The man did not try at all

  17. Yes lfe imprisonment

  18. How could you kill your children, jeez, what a disgusting being you are and you still there begging. Prison ya

  19. May god punish you

  20. May God have mercy on him

  21. Sometimes the actions we take we not with our eyes or mind . so this matter should be look into very well. Before persecuting him

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