The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg threw the book at 36 -year old Wilson Rilamfhu.
The court sentenced him to two consecutive life terms for the heinous crimes committed in August 14, 2019 at Zakariya Park suburb, south of Johannesburg.
Rilamfhu, a once trusted repairman, will spend the rest of his days behind bars for the senseless murder of Doctor Memory Mathe and her loyal domestic worker, Pretty Moyo.
Described as remorseless killer, Rilamfhu was also sentenced to five years for arson and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
According to the court, Rilamfhu’s crime spree exemplified a vile disregard for human life.
Rilamfhu and his accomplice, Ronnie Kgobane, hatched a plan to rob and kill Mathe and Moyo based on dispute of repair job.
According to Phindi Mjonondwane, the Gauteng Local Division Regional Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Rilamfhu had initially been hired by the Mathes to do some roofing repairs.
Due to his familiarity with the family and past small jobs, he was trusted.
However, things took an unexpected turn when Rilamfhu disagreed with Doctor Mathe over the payment for his labour. This led him to strangle her to death.
In a heartless and barbaric move, Rilamfhu set Moyo’s back room on fire, killing her tragically.
He then brazenly looted the main house, packed the stolen goods in Mathe’s vehicle, and fled the scene. After a neighbour noticed the flames and called for help, firefighters, paramedics, and the police arrived at the scene.
Police discovered two corpses – identified as that of Koyo and Doctor Mathe.
Louis Mathe, Doctor Mathe’s husband, arrived at the scene to find his wrath nightmare had come true. His beloved wife was dead, and their domestic worker was roasted in blazing fire.
He then realized their car was missing. With the police’s assistance, he tracked the car and discovered it had been found in Braamfontein.
The culprit, Rilamfhu, was apprehended.
In court, Advocate Deborah Zinn argued for a stiff sentence, highlighting the callousness and lack of respect for the law displayed by the accused.
The NPA thanked all the witnesses who testified during the trial. It also thanked Senior State Advocate Deborah Zinn and Investigating Officer Detective Nkosingiphile Mathenjwa for their role in ensuring justice for the family of Doctor Mathe and Moyo.
Despite his attempts to implicate Kgobane in the crime, the court acquitted him of all charges.