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Man gets life sentence for 'barbaric' killing of employer

Publish date: 21 May 2012
Issue Number: 3038
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: In Court

A Mamelodi man who cut off his elderly employer's finger and took part in his murder during a violent house robbery in Waverley three years ago was jailed for life on Friday, says a report on the IoL site.

The North Gauteng High Court sentenced Petrus Moloko (25) to life and 15 years imprisonment for the August 2009 murder and robbery of 64-year-old Pretoria building contractor Andries Pretorius. Pretorius was attacked with an empty whiskey bottle and knives by two robbers, who drank his whiskey while waiting for him to open the security gate to his bedroom. He was tied up with his own ties and left to bleed to death on his bed while his attackers ransacked his house. Judge Winston Msimeki said Moloko's conduct had been heinous and gruesome. 'Photos of the scene show blood all over the deceased's house. Your conduct was barbaric and savage.' He dismissed Moloko's application for leave to appeal. Full report on the IoL site