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Port Alfred man jailed for 12 years for battering woman to death in 2016

By Yolanda Palezweni - Jul 27, 2017
Port Alfred man jailed for 12 years for battering woman to death in 2016

The Port Alfred Magistrate's Court this week convicted and sentenced 21 year-old Zukile 'Rokcy' Dayimane, to 15 years behind bars for the murder of  26-year-old woman at Trappers Valley railway cottages, in Bathurst, near Port Alfred, in 2016. 

Three years on the sentence were suspended for five years, which means he will be locked up for 12 years.

According to the police, the murder came to light on the 26th of October 2016, at about 04:30, when the body of a woman was discovered behind Trappers Valley railway cottages, in Bathurst, near Port Alfred.

“Upon further investigation, it was established that the deceased was severely assaulted the previous day by the accused, who locked her in his room at the railway cottages,” said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

She added that the battered victim succumbed to her injuries and died.

“On realising that the victim had died, the accused attempted to conceal the crime, and removed the body from his room and hid it in a bush behind the homes,” described Captain Govender.

The deceased was identified as Thundezwa Ben of 1950 Freestone, Bathurst.

State prosecutor, Johann Carstern, commended the investigating officer, Constable Sivuyile Gobizembe, on the high standard of the investigation and the professional compilation of the docket that was presented to the court.

“The relationship between the investors and the prosecutor is extremely important to ensuring that that justice is correctly served,” added Prosecutor Carstern.