Chabalala was forcibly thrown out of the window after being robbed inside his residence on the seventh level.
Chabalala was forcibly thrown out of the window after being robbed inside the residential flat on the seventh floor, according to Sunnyside Police spokesperson Captain Daniel Mavimbela.
He passed away on the spot.
“Shortly after he was convicted, a 37-year-old foreign national, who murdered a multitalented up-and-coming Limpopo artist, Shaun-Douglas Chabalala, 23, was handed a life sentence in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday afternoon,” Mavimbela stated.
“Additionally, a 15-year jail term was imposed on Onyeghani Ekene Dumkele for aggravated robbery, plus a 12-months suspended sentence, on condition that he is deported to his native country after he completes his concurrent sentence for murder and aggravated robbery.”
In May 2018, Chabalala and his friend Given Mzamane were persuaded to visit the notorious Tambotie apartment complex in Sunnyside, east of Pretoria, by a false advertisement for a premium camera.
The two arrived at the residential apartment complex with the goal of buying the advertised camera.
“They carried a cash amount of R14 000 on them, only to be led into an ambush inside an apartment where Dumkele lived on the seventh floor. Upon entering the apartment, the victims were attacked by a group of men,” Mavimbela stated.
Mzamane claimed in court that he smashed open the door and was able to get away. But not before he had seen Chabalala being lifted and thrown out of the window from the same apartment by two men who had taken part in the robbery and attack on him and Chabalala.
The attacks and the fall’s injuries caused the artist to pass away. The authorities pronounced him dead there.
“Dumkele was arrested almost 15 months after the murder, by Sunnyside police detective, Captain Simon Motolla, who had decided to abandon a wedding celebration that he had attended in Mpumalanga after he was tipped-off on the whereabouts of the accused,” Mavimbela stated.
Following the hiring of a K-9 Unit, a police dog located Dumkele hiding out in the ceiling of a home in Pretoria West.
Dumkele accused his missing co-accused and fellow countryman, Obienna Ofoegbuliwe, who has since fled after being given bail of R3 000, of carrying out the murder during his detention.
“That testimony was rejected by the court since he knew that, among others, the police had been searching for him, had not disclosed the identity of the killer prior to his arrest and was easily pointed out by Mzamane during the identification parade,” said Mavimbela.
Brigadier Matshidiso Kgoadi, the commander of Sunnyside Police Station, has applauded the severe punishment.
Kgoadi praised the prosecution and the committed team of investigators for their diligent efforts in securing Dumkele’s conviction.
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