Thirty-year-old father of two, Odwa Nkololo, was handed two life sentences for the rape and murder of 4-year-old Iyapha Yamile, plus another life sentence for the rape of a 7-year-old girl, in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.
Little Yamile's mother Sindiswe sank into the wooden bench of Court 6 and sobbed deeply after Acting Judge Diane Davis explained that there was nothing to convince her to deviate from the maximum possible punishment for what Nkololo had done to the girls.
"In my view, the prescribed minimum sentences are appropriate and justified in the circumstances," said Davis. She said the law allowed for a life sentence for the rape of a minor, as well as for the murder of a minor who had also been raped....
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