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Man receives double life sentence for killing in-laws

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Mar 26, 2020

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Durban - A KwaZulu Natal man who shot dead his elderly in-laws received a double life sentence this week. 
 
Mzwandile Mlambo, 40, was convicted and sentenced in the  Umzimkhulu Regional Court.

According to police, Mlambo went to the home of Nontuthuko Tenza, 60, and Shumilakhe Tenza, 61, in the Nazareth area in Umzimkhulu on April 15 and fired shots through their window. 

"The shots  were fired through the window and struck the victims on the head and stomach. Both victims died due to the nature of injuries sustained," said  Colonel Thembeka Mbele. 

Mbele said charges of murder were opened for investigation by Umzimkhulu SAPS.

She said police eventually arrested the accused in the Umzimkhulu area where he was hiding.

"He was found in possession of five ammunition."

Mbele said it was revealed during the course of the investigation that the accused had stolen the firearm two days before the attack. 

 " The accused allegedly stole his father’s firearm and it was used to commit the murders.

"He was tried in  court and made several court appearances until his sentence."

Mlambo received a life sentence for each murder and seven years,  seven years imprisonment for theft of a firearm and seven years for possession of unlicensed firearm.
 
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula welcomed the sentence handed to the accused. “We hope this sentence
will bring comfort and closure to the family,” he said.

In February police nabbed a Gauteng mother in law for allegedly organising a hit on her son-in law. 

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