Stepson and accomplice sentenced for stepmom’s murder. Image: Pixabay

Stepson and accomplice sentenced to prison for stepmom’s murder

Stepson and his accomplice sentenced to life in prison for plotting his stepmother’s murder to take over the family business


Stepson and accomplice sentenced for stepmom’s murder. Image: Pixabay

Two men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a business woman at the North West High Court of South Africa.

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Sentenced for killing stepmom

Joel Tuma Phatudi 40, and Lebogang Archibald Serei 40, were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Serei’s stepmother, Kgomotso Serei.

They were sentenced to a further 35 years on two counts of robbery, possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition.

The sentence will not run concurrently and two of their co-accused were acquitted on all charges.

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Their conviction emanates from an incident that occurred on 25 May 2017, at the business premises of the deceased, where she owned a funeral parlour.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s, North West spokesperson Henry Mamothame: ” Serei was found to be the one who ocustrated the plan to murder his stepmother in order to inherit the family business.”

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Plotting stepmother’s murder

It emerged in court that Serei had instructed one of her stepmother’s employees, to lock all doors except the garage door.

This he said before this employee noticed three men standing not far from the business premises.

The three suspicious men later entered the premises through the garage door wearing balaclavas and they ordered the cashier to kneel on the floor before wrapping her face with a cloth.

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They then demanded her cellphone before proceeding to the deceased, who was also inside the premises.

One of the men was identified as Joel Tumo Phatudi and he was identified as the culprit who turned the gun on to the deceased and shot her in the head.

The three then took two cellphones and a handbag belonging to the deceased before fleeing the scene.

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Police investigations revealed that Lebogang Serei had approached one of the employees to find him a hitman to murder his stepmother.

A witness who refused the proposition to murder also provided the police with a statement confirming that he was approached by the employee to execute the murder.

The same employee also confirmed that Lebogang gave him money to deliver to Phatudi, after the funeral of his stepmother.

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The state prosecutor, Adv Cain Nontenjwa, argued the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence as there were no compelling circumstances to do so.

Judge Samkelo Gura, agreed with the state and indicated that the two murdered the deceased to take over her business.

He further remarked on the intentions of Lebogang to inherit the business following his father’s passing.

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