Lengthy jail sentence for road rage killer

Convicted former policeman Thobelani Khuzwayo picture: Bongeka Sibisi

 

In handing down the lengthy prison sentence, regional court Magistrate Muntukhayise Khumalo said Khuzwayo had shown no remorse for his actions.

Delivering his mitigation statement, Khuzwayo appealed to the court to deliver a suspended sentence as he was a “first time” offender, an “honest policeman” and he did not intend for the incident to occur. He said that he was a family orientated man with two minor children who are still dependent on him.  “I love my family and in everything I’ve done, I’ve always put them first,” Khuzwayo argued.pleading for leniency.

State prosecutor,Mariam  Aboobaker said Khuzwayo’s plea showed no remorse for his actions nor acknowledged the impact the killing had on Naidoo’s family.

Reading victim-impact statements from Naidoo’s parents, brother, and fiancé, Aboobaker detailed the psychological, emotional and financial impact his death had on his family.

Naidoo’s parents, Patsy and Dev Naidoo, who are both on chronic medication from the stress of their son’s death, said that the loss has “broken” them immensely, and despite the sentencing, nothing will bring the son to life.

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“To see the wounds, to see him enduring pain … I was breaking down inside but had to be strong for my family, even though our world was snatched from us,” said the devastated father.

Patsy said Kavlin was the “light of their lives” and also played a huge financial role in their lives.

“He was strong and his love to live lasted 20 days. I can still recall the gurgling suction pipes; hearing that sound was the day I stopped living. To the one who shot Kavlin, you should do me a favour and shoot me too,” said Patsy in her victim statement.

Naidoo’s brother, Davlin, and his fiancé, Sandhani Padayachee, who were at the scene when Naidoo was shot, said the trauma of the incident still haunts them as their lives have been put on hold and they have never been able to move on.

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“I have not been down the road where the shooting happened. My life has been on pause. I miss him and the life I had before November 2, 2014,” stated Sandhani.

“I have seen what this incident has done; it has broken my family. My mom still cries. Nothing will ever be the same again. I will never be the same happy person I once was,”stated Davlin.

In Aboobaker’s closing statement in aggravation of sentence she told magistrate Khumalo that “no amount of punishment can mend the situation”.

“The accused sits here as the author of his own downfall,” concluded Aboobaker.

Khuzwayo, who represented himself during the final leg of his trial, said he would appeal the sentence.

 

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Bongeka Sibisi
Journalist

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