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27-year-old Butterworth man jailed for killing cousin sister

May 15, 2018
27-year-old Butterworth man jailed for killing cousin sister

The efforts of a dedicated Butterworth police detective, who was eager to ensure that a murder suspect was brought to book were rewarded on Monday when Vuyisanani Tshem, aged 27, was sentenced by the Butterworth Regional Magistrate's Court to 18 years behind bars.

"He was sentenced after he was found guilty of having murdered his 22-year-old cousin sister, Nolukholo Tshem," said police spokesperson, Capt Jackson Manatha.

It is alleged that the deceased was taking food to the initiates on 15 July 2017, at about 08:20, at Mphesheya Locality, Cegcuwana Village, Butterworth, when she encountered the accused.

"The accused saw the deceased chatting to her boyfriend," he said.

"He called her and asked why she was busy chatting to her boyfriend as he wanted her to jilt her boyfriend and become his girlfriend."

Captain Manatha said that the accused was armed with an axe.

"He viciously attacked the deceased with his axe until she passed away."

The accused was later traced and arrested by the Butterworth Police detectives.

The sentence of the accused is welcomed by the Eastern Cape Police provincial commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga.

She condemned the violence used against the young woman especially as the accused was related to the deceased.