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Convicted murderer has his jail term reduced. See what happened

A convicted murderer will walked out of prison sooner than expected after his sentence was reduced. 

This will be met with outcry from the family of the victim but the courts have decided to reduce the sentence. 

The High Court reduced Thokozani Lungisani Dlomo's life sentence to 22 years behind bars, which has been backdated to May 2012.

He is now set to walk out of prison on a silver platter after his sentence was reduced. 

Dlomo killed Phumanezwi Mathe in a hail of bullets at a bottle store in Makhabeni in the Kranskop district in April 2011.

According to media reports, Dlomo was avenging for the death of his brother.

He went to a tavern were Mathe was enjoying his beer. He called him by his clan name before pulling out a gun and shooting him.

Realizing that he was in trouble, Mathe tried to flee but Dlomo gave chase and caught up with him. 

He then pumped out 11 shots until he died. 

The presiding judge stated that the circumstances surrounding the case were not conducive for a long jail term. 

"I do not accept that the time between the appellant seeing the deceased at the bottle store and the moment that he shot him constitutes evidence of premeditation. If that were the case, virtually all murders would be premeditated. The mere fact that the appellant had a firearm in itself does not establish premeditation," he said. 

No appeal has been made at this stage.


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