A 53-year-old man from Oukasie in Brits was sentenced to life plus 40 years imprisonment for the murder of a tavern owner in 2015.
The North Gauteng High court found Sipho Sunnyboy Molobe guilty of the murder of Albert Mosekwa Raseboya (39) at his tavern on 1 June 2015.
Molobe shot and killed Raseboya in the early hours of 1 June 2015 during a robbery at his tavern in Oukasie. “Molobe and an accomplice overpowered the tavern owner while he was unlocking the door to his house soon after he had closed the tavern. Molobe managed to run back to the tavern, situated on the same property, and locked himself inside. The two suspects fired shots through the door and Raseboya was hit in the chest. He screamed for his wife to help him and upon her arrival at the tavern, she was grabbed and tied up,” said police spokesperson, Maria Nkabinde.
Molobe and his accomplice then ransacked the couple’s bedroom and fled with money and cellphones. Neighbours called the ambulance and Raseboya was certified dead on the scene.
Molobe was arrested in Brits after police received a tip-off.
Besides the life sentence imposed for the murder of Raseboya, Molobe was sentenced to an additional 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, 10 years for unlawful possession of firearm, 10 years for unlawful possession of ammunition and 5 years for housebreaking with the intent to rob.
The sentences will run concurrently.