A 33-year-old Northern Cape man who pleaded guilty to k!lling his girlfriend in 2019 has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Ruben Phakiso Motsie was sentenced this week in the Northern Cape High Court.
Motsie pleaded gu!lty to the murd€r of his girlfriend Aldine Godeverdien Titus, 25, on the evening of June 22, 2019.
The National Prosecuting Authority said the couple had visited a local tavern and returned home on the evening of the murder.
“When they arrived home, Motsie allegedly confronted the victim about her habit of always asking for money,” said NPA spokesperson Mojalefa Senokoatsane.
“In anger, Motsie started hitting Titus with several objects until the deceased fell unconscious.”
Motsie then put the victim in bed, covered her with a blanket, and left her to di£.
“He then went to another tavern to continue drinking.”
Senokoatsane said the victim’s lifeless body was discovered the following morning by a neighbour who reported it to the police.
“The victim’s body was covered with various injuries from head to toe.”
Motsie fled to Welkom and was eventually traced by police and arr£sted.
In a victim impact statement, Titus’ sister told the court that her daughter was only four-years-old at the time of the d£ath and that the family was traumatised by her senseless d£ath.
In aggravation of sentence, State advocate, Advocate Leshnee Pillay, argued that gender-based violence was on the increase and that the courts needed to send a message that it won’t be tolerated.