A South African man who stabbed his 73-year-old mother to death and then chopped up her body, claiming the voices in his head made him do it, has been declared a harmful prison and sentenced to indefinite imprisonment.
Choose Cassim Sardiwalla on Friday sentenced Kitiji John Mathe, 40, to indefinite imprisonment for the ugly April 2017 homicide of his mother Makanana at their home in Mamelodi East.
He ordered that Mathe have to be introduced earlier than the courtroom once more after 25 years for the re-determination of his sentence.
Mathe stabbed his mother within the neck and then mutilated her body by decapitating her, earlier than eradicating all of her inner organs, her genitalia, severing each rib cages from the sternum and eradicating her wrists, ankles and proper hand. He positioned her body on her mattress and her entrails in a bucket.
“This isn’t human behaviour. It’s not even animal behaviour,” the Choose mentioned.
Mathe claimed he had a very good relationship with his mother however was below stress from the voices in his head due to the impact of rat poison he drank in an try to kill himself, however a panel of specialists discovered that he was not affected by any psychological sickness and was match to stand trial.
When his sister Rosina requested him the place their mother was as a result of she couldn’t attain her, he mentioned she was cleansing the lavatory and couldn’t come to the cellphone.
When his cousin got here to test on her, Mathe was busy mopping the ground and advised her his mother had gone to go to a good friend.
When she couldn’t discover his mother she returned to the home, solely to discover it locked. Mathe’s sister finally broke open the door and found her mother’s mutilated body on the mattress.
His sister, though clearly nonetheless traumatized by her mother’s ugly homicide by the hands of her personal brother, testified that she had forgiven him.
His cousin testified that Mathe and his mother had arguments and that she had usually seen bruises on her aunt, who complained that her son was assaulting her, however refused to lay a cost as a result of she cherished him.
Choose Sardiwalla mentioned it was aggravating that Mathe’s mother had relied on her son for her welfare and security. She had seen that he was not nicely that night time and ready meals for him, just for him to homicide her and chop up her body.
He mentioned Mathe had clearly deliberate the homicide and knew precisely what he was doing. The tactic he used instructed that he probably wished to do away with the body components.
“The accused attacked an aged, susceptible, unsuspecting lady who was his personal mother. How a lot worse against the law can you discover?” What’s regarding is that he doesn’t take full duty for his actions. This is a sign that he didn’t admire the gravity of his actions,” the Choose added.
He mentioned household murders, the place ladies and kids have been invariably the victims, had change into endemic in our society and shouldn’t be handled calmly.
Many ladies and kids stay in fixed concern of their lives and their proper to dignity and safety is flouted by mindless inhumane folks just like the accused, he added.