A man branded a cold-blooded killer was sentenced to hang last Tuesday. 34-year-old Zibani Thamo will pay the ultimate penalty after he murdered his girlfriend and dismembered her body before burning and burying her remains in various shallows graves.
Francistown High Court Justice Judge Rannowane condemned the Maitengwe born Thamo to death after finding no extenuating factors in the ruthless killing four years ago at the couples rented house in Somerset.
Rannowane branded Thamo a ruthless cold-blooded murderer who not only killed, but also callously disposed of the remains of his victim in a manner that would make discovery difficult. He also noted that Thamo had maintained throughout the trial that he never killed his girlfriend Sihle Dube, and consequently never gave any evidence of extenuating factors. “The court will therefore never know the precise circumstances in which the deceased lost her life,” the judge said.
He said it was on record that the couple had a troubled love relationship that was characterized by violent attacks on Sihle.
“To subject a defenceless woman to regular bouts of violence and finally kill her is morally repugnant,” Rannowane said.
The convicted man’s lawyer Chadwick from Chadwick, Anderson and Partners had submitted in mitigation that such cases did not usually attract the death sentence. However the judge pointed out: “After a very careful and most anxious consideration, I find that there were no extenuating circumstances. I am therefore under an obligation to pass the ultimate penalty prescribed by law.”
He ended by sending Thamo to the gallows with the chilling words, “I hereby sentence you to be hanged by your neck until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul.”