Sandile Mantsoe to be sentenced on Thursday

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Sentencing proceedings in the Sandile Mantsoe murder case are expected to commence in the High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Mantsoe was found guilty of murdering his then 24-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena.

Mokoena’s charred remains were found in an open veld in the eastern suburb of Lyndhurst in April last year.

Mantsoe was also found guilty of assault and defeating the ends of justice for disposing of Mokoena’s body.

Acting Judge Piet Johnson said Mantsoe was not an honest witness. He said Mantsoe lied about Mokoena’s alleged previous attempted suicide so it could suit his version of how Karabo was killed.

Johnson said Mantsoe planned the disposal of the body carefully.

Johnson said he is satisfied with the States case. He said there was no justification for Mantsoe to kill Mokoena. The public gallery could not contain their excitement upon the guilty verdict .

On Monday, the State wrapped up its case after calling several witnesses including Karabo Mokoena’s family, friends, police officers and security guards who work at the Sandton Sky where Mantsoe lived.