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“Horror movie” case ends with 25-year prison sentence for Nosicelo Mtebeni killer


The father of the murdered University of Fort Hare student, Nosicelo Mtebeni, said he was unhappy with the 25-year sentence imposed on Alutha Pasile, which killed his daughter and dismembered her body.

Judge Nomathamsanqa Beshe delivered his judgment in the murder trial on Thursday, sentencing Pasile to 25 years for the murder of Nosicelo and 10 years for attempting to defeat justice by dismembering his body in an attempt to cover up the crime.

The sentences will be executed simultaneously.

Possibility of parole

Speaking shortly after the conviction, Kholisile said: “There are a lot of things I could say as a reason for my displeasure. You cannot be forgiving when you condemn someone who cut someone off and tried to evade justice. ”

Kholisile said he feared Pasile could one day be granted parole, get out of prison and continue with her life, when her daughter was no longer.

He believed justice had been served, but not to his satisfaction. Kholisile said:

If he was sentenced to life imprisonment without any possibility of parole, I was going to be happy.

He said there was nothing more anyone could do but accept everything that had happened and move on with their life.

Pasile, who killed Nosicelo after suspecting she was cheating, cut a lonely figure in court as the sentence was handed down, often staring at the ground with her hands covering her face.

He sobbed a lot and made eye contact with no one in court.

The court had previously heard that Pasile had been looking for evidence that Nosicelo was cheating and when he went through his phone, he came across messages which read: “I love you” and “I miss you”. Pasile concluded that they were from her lover.

But in a sad turn of events, it was revealed in court on Thursday that after a full investigation, the messages were coming from Pasile to Nosicelo in 2019, when their relationship was still new.

During the mitigation of the sentencing arguments, Pasile’s lawyer, Ncumisa Dyantyi, asked the court to consider his personal situation and the interests of justice.

She said Pasile was single, had no children, had two degrees and had no permanent job, relying on odd jobs.

“He has no previous convictions. He has been in detention since his arrest in August, ”she said.

“Social worker [Nomonde Stemper] testified that the accused is a well-behaved child, ”Dyantyi said.

She said that the fact that he pleaded guilty and did not waste time in court should be taken into account when imposing the sentence.

Dyantyi said that what the accused did in dismembering the body of the deceased was undoubtedly horrific, but that he had no direct intention of killing Mtebeni as the incident began with a modification of this that was contained in his phone.

Acted like he owned her

In closing arguments, State Attorney Nickie Turner said the evidence against Pasile was overwhelming and he had no choice but to plead guilty.

“If the accused had not been seen by the two women [carrying the suitcase containing Nosicelo’s body parts] there would have been no lead. The accused had the keys to the identity of the deceased, because when he threw the rest of her body in a street corner, it hung on her head and hands in order to conceal her identity.

“Nosicelo would have been registered as another missing person,” Turner argued.

She added that the act of dismembering her body was premeditated.

She said that it didn’t matter that the deceased had an affair with someone else and that she had the right to self-determination.

“The accused acted like he owned it,” Turner said. “He had a total contempt for his life.”

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She recounted how, after killing Nosicelo, Pasile wrote a message to a friend of hers asking him to borrow a saw. The message read in court read, “Bob, my man, don’t you have a saw?” I want to cut something. Anyone who owns a saw, I am willing to pay R50 to borrow it ”.

Turner said Pasile referred to the body of a woman he claimed to love one day as “something” that proved how dangerous and unrepentant he was.

“Our courts must send a strong message”.

She argued that the prescribed minimum sentence of 15 years would be grossly inadequate.

“I submit that this court should sentence this accused to life imprisonment,” Turner concluded.

Without regret

When delivering judgment, Judge Beshe said the court must consider the crime, the accused and the interests of justice in sentencing.

“I know that the members of society and the family of the deceased are angry and have every right to be,” Beshe said.

He said:

What happened to the lifeless body of the deceased paints a grim picture, reminiscent of a horror movie.

“I agree that the only appropriate sentence is direct imprisonment (…) the accused has not shown any real remorse,” Beshe said.

She said there was nowhere where the accused said he was upset that he had taken the life of the love of his life, and that even in the testimony of the social worker, he did there was no sign that Pasile ever showed remorse.

Beshe said the country marks 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, one wonders what it would take for everyone to understand that women have rights too.

She said the accused did not respect the rights of others and did not respect the deceased, even in their death.

Judge Beshe said it was the duty of the courts to protect society, and this can be demonstrated even by severe penalties.

Lubabalo Ngcukana