Tapela Ramaruki, 29, was sentenced to life in prison for killing his girlfriend, who was set on fire and stabbed in the abdomen in 2021. (Adapted)
- A traditional doctor from the Northwest has received a life sentence for killing his girlfriend.
- Topella Ramaruki doused her with gasoline, set her on fire and stabbed her several times.
- The murder took place during a ritual that was intended for his minor child.
A traditional doctor from the Northwest has received a life sentence for killing his girlfriend.
Topela Ramaruki doused his girlfriend with gasoline, set her on fire and stabbed her several times in the abdomen in 2021.
The 29-year-old appeared in the Mogwase Regional Court on Wednesday, where he was convicted of the murder of Tsolafel Tsek.
He was also sentenced to six years for aiming a pistol and found unfit to possess a firearm.
On January 12, 2021, Ramaruki, Tseka, their one-month-old child and Tseka’s younger brother went to the cemetery in Sanfantine in the northwest.
All three went to the cemetery to perform a ritual for Ramaruki’s child, said National Matatem Regional Prosecutor’s Office spokesman.
“For this, Ramaruki took with him petrol, a pistol, a knife and a traditional beer.
“Then they performed a ritual and then moved to a nearby dam to clean themselves before going home,” Mamham said.
Ramarukihad aimed a pistol at the dam, then aimed it at Tseko and ordered her to hand over the child to her younger brother.
Ramaruki instructed them to wait in the car and then doused Tseko with gasoline and set her on fire, Mamatem said.
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“He punched Tseko in the stomach while she was burning,” he said.
According to Mamothame, when Ceka’s younger brother witnessed the attack and heard his sister scream for help, he drove to seek help.
Police were alerted and Ramaruki was detained at the scene.
Tseka was immediately taken to Moses Kotan Hospital for medical treatment, but she died on January 13, 2021.
According to the pathologist, the cause of death was multiple injuries caused by stab wounds and burns.
As an aggravation of the verdict, Mamotem said Sela Maema’s lawyer asked the court not to deviate from the established minimum sentence because there were no convincing and substantial circumstances that would justify it.
“Judge Teboga Judge shared the same and noted that there is a great resonance against gender-based violence and femicide, and the courts need to restore faith in the community in such serious offenses,” Mamotem said.