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Ulundi - Xolani Mkhwanazi, 26, has been convicted and sentenced in the Ulundi Regional Court to 15 years imprisonment for attempted murder after he gouged out a man's eyes and cut off his private parts, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Saturday.

The sentence, handed down on Thursday, emanates from an incident that occurred in May 2016 at Mama village, Mahlabathini, spokesman Lt-Col Thulani Zwane said.

"A local resident was found by the community members dumped at a forest and was bleeding. He was crying for help and was in heavy pains. His eyes were gouged out and his private parts were amputated. He was taken to hospital for medical attention. The matter was reported to the police and investigation commenced.
 
"Extensive investigation was conducted by the police that led to Mkhwanazi's residence where private parts and eyeballs were found in his freezer. He was immediately arrested, charged, after he was positively linked to the victim's ordeal. The accused was taken to court for prosecution where he was successfully convicted for the crime he committed," Zwane said.
 
KwaZulu-Natal acting police commissioner Maj-Gen Bheki Langa commended the investigators for their extensive investigation that led to a conviction of the accused.

"The accused's heinous act is punishable, shows that he is inhumane and deserves to be prosecuted and sent to prison. The sentence follows after five people were arrested at Estcourt area and charged for murder, conspiracy to murder, and possession of human parts. We hope that these alleged suspects will be prosecuted and receive a heavy sentence that they deserve," he said.