IVORY Park SAPS acting station commander Colonel Thembakazi Ndlovu has welcomed the conviction and subsequent eight year prison sentence for an Ivory Park man for murder.

The Tembisa Magistrate’s Court has this week sentenced Lebogang Nkosinathi Motloung, 37, for the murder Bafana Phala, 36, in April last year during an alcohol fuelled altercation at Ivory Park Extension Eight. The two have had an argument as Motloung wanted to forcefully take a liquor of bottle from the deceased. They are familiar with each other and were seen sitting together prior to the fatal argument that followed. Owing to the disagreement the two argued, during which Motloung was seen taking out what looked like a sharp object from his pocked and stabbed the deceased once on the neck. Phala was certified dead upon his arrival in hospital.

Motloung was granted bail in the initial stages of the trial, but was on Tuesday sentenced to eight years effective imprisonment.

“We hope the family of the deceased will get some form of comfort from this conviction. We also congratulate Detective Sergeant Moss Moukangwe, the lead investigator of this case, for the job well done,” said Colonel Ndlovu.

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