12 February 2019

Southern Africa: Zimbabwean Sentenced to Life for Killing SA Doctor

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Beitbridge — A 29-YEAR-OLD Zimbabwean man was last week condemned to life imprisonment by a Lephalale High Court in Limpopo Province for killing a South African doctor.

Petrus Standford Moyo was also sentenced to 15 years in jail for attempted murder, another 30 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances, one year for trespassing and 13 years for house breaking and theft.

He was also slapped with a further three years for malicious damage to property, three years for escaping from lawful custody and another nine years for theft.

Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said Moyo was part of a group of armed robbers who shot and killed Dr Werner Emslie (55), and injured his wife, also a doctor, at a farm outside Lephalale on September 20, 2017.

"The fatal attack took place in the evening around 8pm when the deceased was sitting outside the house," he said.

"Four unknown men, two armed with pistols, attacked and shot the deceased and went on to shoot his wife. The wife was seriously injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment. The attackers fled the scene with the victim's vehicle which was later found abandoned few kilometres from his farm."

Col Ngoepe said Moyo was later arrested following joint intelligence operations by various police units.

He said while awaiting trial, Moyo escaped from the police holding cells, but was re-arrested on October 18, 2018 at Frankport in the Free State Province.

The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Province, Major-General Jan Scheepers said the arrest of Moyo and conviction was a milestone achievement for the South African Police Service.

He commended police in the province for working tirelessly in bringing most criminals to justice.

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