Kimberley man sentenced to ten years in prison for murder



A 37-YEAR-OLD man was found guilty of murder and jailed to ten years in prison by Douglas Regional Court for murder on Monday.

Karel Katz was handed down 10 years imprisonment for a murder he committed in Campbell earlier this year.   

Northern Cape police spokesperson, Capt Sergio Kock said Lucas Rooibaatjie, 25 was stabbed by Katz at his house in Campbell after the two had an argument about the removal and disposal of a rock in the garden. 

“Katz ran into the house and fetched a knife. He stabbed his cousin, Lucas Rooibaatjie once in the chest. The victim tried to flee from the attacker, but dropped and succumbed to his injuries metres from where he was stabbed.

“He died on the scene and the suspect was immediately arrested by police. The accused later appeared in the Douglas Regional Court where he received R500 bail,” Kock said.

Magistrate Vernon Smith sentenced Katz to 10-years-effective imprisonment on Tuesday.

The Pixley Ka Seme Cluster Commander, Brigadier Nomahlubi Sofika lauds Detective Constable Algene Mandisa Son of the Campbell Detectives unit for a job well done. 

“The professional gathering of information by the investigating officer brought a water tight case to court. The sentencing of the suspect surely sends out a message to other perpetrators that transgressors of the law will be investigated, trialled and convicted.


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