The wheels of justice have finally caught up with career criminal, Patrick Gabaakanye, for the murder of a blind old man, Rapula Serojane, at Gamosusu lands near Metsimotlhabe four years ago.
The 54-year old Gabaakanye whose criminal CV boasts of more than twelve convictions of theft, armed robbery, rape and murder that date from as far back 1983 brutally killed the 74-year old Serojane and wounded his wife, Fortie Serojane, with an axe on the head.
During trial the court heard of how on the evening of 26 May 2010, Gabaakanye attacked the elderly couple and robbed them of household utensils which included tupperware containers, cups and cutlery as well as an Omega Radio and a Nokia 1208 cellphone.
On the fateful evening Gabaakanye went to his victims’ place pretending to be looking for accommodation.
While he was still talking to Fortie, the old man emerged from the toilet and Gabaakanye grabbed him and struck him repeatedly on the head with an axe.
Serojane collapsed and when his wife screamed for help, Gabaakanye hit her on the head and she passed out only to recover at the hospital where her husband was certified dead.
According to a post-mortem report prepared by Dr Enock Prabhakar, Serojane suffered cranial blunt force as well as cutting force injuries ‘caused by a heavy cutting weapon.
“The deceased had suffered at least five different blows to the head,” the report read in part.
After the brutal attack on the Serojanes, Gabaakanye evaded the police and continued with his criminal activities.
The police got wind of his whereabouts after he attacked another victim, Dibula Manake, and stole her handbag and cellphone which he used to call his friends.
It was after one of his calls was traced and, with the help of Mascom officials, it was found that he had been in communication with another jailbird, David July, that the police managed to locate and arrest him.
On Thursday Justice Lakvinder Singh Walia passed a death sentence after considering that there were no extenuating circumstances to mitigate against Gabaakanye’s moral blameworthiness.
Gabaakanye who has been in jail ever since he was arrested also received a 5-year jail term which was backdated to 2010.
Justice Walia advised Gabaakanye to appeal the death sentence within six weeks failure of which the sentence would be enforced.