Defense lawyer Norman Makhubele has asked the High Court in Johannesburg not to sentence murder prisoner Ntuthuko Shoba to life imprisonment.
Makhubele submits comments on the commutation of sentence currently underway.
Pule was murdered in June 2020 by convicted murderer Muzikayise Malepane, on Shoba’s orders.
Makhubele has asked the High Court that Shoba not be given a sentence that could be considered cruel or inhumane.
He says Shoba acknowledges the loss of life and the negative impact it has had, not only on himself or the family of the deceased, but on friends and the public.
Makhubele also pointed out that hit man Malepane did not get a life sentence and was only sentenced to 20 years in prison as he became a state witness.
However, the state does not state any special circumstances that would justify the court deviating from prescribing the maximum sentence.
State prosecutor Fagre Mohammed says Pule was pregnant and respected Shoba.
However, he took advantage of her vulnerability and broke that trust by murdering her.
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