EASTERN CAPE – The East London High Court handed two (2) life sentences to 37-year-old Nkosinathi Hanabe for the rape and murder of a 4-year-old girl at Palana location, Mooiplaas outside East London in December 2019.
This was after the little girl went missing and immediately the community, local police and K9 formed a search party to find her. Among the search team was the suspect who kept on comforting the child’s mother as he was their neighbour and he kept on diverting the team away from where the girl’s body was.
The search dog led the team to the suspect’s shack where the little girl’s clothing were recovered with blood stains as well as the bedding. The suspect pointed where he had hidden the girl’s body. The girl’s lifeless body was found wrapped in a black refuse bag in the bushes behind the suspect’s shack.
The family has welcomed the sentence and took solace on the fact that justice was served and commended the work of the police.