Oct 3, 2022

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Pakistani businessman gets two life terms after killing two men in Pretoria

The Supreme Court in Pretoria on Tuesday sentenced Pakistani businessman Muhamed Sajid Khan, 44, to two life terms and six years in prison for two counts of murder and one attempted murder.

The court ruled two months ago had found Khan guilty of the murders of Mamelodi businessman and activist Mukhtar Matlala and Avela Mbewu in March 2020.

Following his conviction, Khan – who was released on R10,000 bail – was released revoked his bail.

Khan owns nine properties in and around Pretoria.

On February 1, 2020, six members of an organization called Concerned Tshwane Residents went to one of Khan’s properties in the Luttig Street, Pretoria West to verify that he was indeed the legal owner.

“On arrival, a dispute broke out between Khan and a member of the CTR. Khan pulled out a gun and shot the member and a bystander, who also died at the scene, and attempted to shoot another member of the CTR team,” said National Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Lumka Mahanjana.

According to one of the witnesses – who is a member of the CTR – its members went to the police station to report the matter.

When they arrived they saw Khan and, afraid of what he might do, they did not enter the police station, but instead went back to the scene of the crime.

The police came to the scene of the crime later; then they reported the matter to the police.

Two days after the incident, Khan turned himself in to the police.

Prosecutor Eric Sihlangu argued that Khan showed no remorse for his actions and that the murders were premeditated because he went to the scene with a gun already cocked.

Sihlangu asked the court to give the mandatory minimum sentence of life imprisonment in relation to the murders.

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In his ruling, Judge Mokhine Mosopa said that Khan was not justified in his actions and does not know why he committed the offences. He said Khan showed no signs that he was a candidate for rehabilitation.

Head of the Prosecutor’s Office Sibongile Mzinyathi said he hoped the verdict would send a strong message that such violent crimes are not illegal tolerated and prosecuted.

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