Another sentenced after Ukrainian tourist’s murder


The men who murdered a Ukrainian tourist on Chapmanspeak in Hout Bay in 2019 have finally been sentenced.

Ivan Ivanov was attacked and killed more than four years ago when he went for a walk in the Table Mountain National Park near the East Fort. He was stabbed to death with a sharp object before the suspects fled with his backpack with his personal belongings in it.

He was on a business visit to South Africa and had already visited the country before.

Matthew Giyo, one of the accused, was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday after he was found guilty of murder and aggravated robbery in August.

Eric Ntabazalila, spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape, says Giyo was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder and 10 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.

“The sentences are to be served concurrently, which means that he has effectively been sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.”

Giyo’s co-accused, Sinaye Mposelwa, pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the same court in August.

According to reports, the third accused in the case, Franklin Isaacs, was earlier found not guilty.