Murder accused sentenced to twenty years after stabbing victim multiple times


A murder accused was sentenced to twenty years in prison for the merciless killing of another man in Theunissen. The accused, Thabo van Rooyen, was sentenced at Theunissen Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

The incident occurred on Friday, 17 November 2017 at about 21:10. Sechaba Sondela and Molefi Molete were walking together in Lusaka Park public road in Theunissen when Thabo van Rooyen approached them. Van Rooyen stabbed Molete with a sharp instrument in the face and both Molete and Sondela ran away in different directions.

The accused then ran after Sondela, caught up with him and started stabbing him multiple times. Van Rooyen sat on top of him and stabbed him further until members of the community came to his rescue and pulled him away.

Sondela died soon afterwards and the accused was arrested by the Theunissen SAPS.

The case was assigned to Detective-Sergeant Thabiso Molelengoane who carried out the investigation. Working tirelessly and using all the available resources at his disposal, he presented a well prepared docket before the court, which subsequently led to Van Rooyen being found guilty of murder and attempted murder and was sentenced to twenty years direct imprisonment.

“This success was secured through commitment shown by this member and will send a clear message to criminals that they have no space to operate in Theunissen,” concluded SAPS Station Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Montsheng Mohokare.