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'I have done something wrong', says Povlsen murderer

Publish date: 28 February 2013
Issue Number: 3224
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

Self-proclaimed former Ugandan child soldier Francis Kimeze (41) can't think of why he should get a lesser sentence for the murder of Danish millionaire Preben Povlsen (72), says a Cape Times report.

Kimeze described his crime as a 'rotten thing' during his mitigation of sentence in the Western Cape High Court yesterday. He has been found guilty of murdering Povlsen and faces life imprisonment while his sisters, Stella Ssengendo (43) and Maria Povlsen (36) - the businessman's widow - were convicted of being accessories to murder after the fact. Judge Rosheni Allie found the women had misled the police and cleaned the scene of the crime. Kimeze, who has 17 children, told the court he was a 'useless person'. 'My life has been very painfully destructive because I was born into a world of pain and hatred,' he said. 'I have nothing reasonable enough to convince the court to give me a lesser sentence because I hurt my family.' When the prosecutor asked Kimeze about rehabilitative programmes he had taken part in after his stint as a child soldier, he responded that this had 'nothing to do' with the crime. 'I have done something wrong and you can take it as it is,' he said. He maintained, however, that he hadn't intended to kill Povlsen or planned it. Full Cape Times report (subscription needed)