The former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai who was convicted for murder has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars for murdering his girlfriend Dolly Tshabalala.
Sebolai, also known as DJ Donald Duck, was sentenced by Judge Cassim Moosa on Friday at the Johannesburg High Court, sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court southeast of Johannesburg.
He was sentenced to 20 years for murder and to 5 years for attempting to defeat the ends of justice. The sentences will run concurrently.
“The accused is more regretful than remorseful,” said Judge Cassim Moosa while passing the sentence.
The 38-year-old former DJ was arrested for murdering 32 years old Rachel “Dolly” Tshabalala who was stabbed in her pelvic area when the couple had a fight at his Soweto flat in June 2014. She was found in a pool of blood in his bed as she bled to death as a result of the deep cut.
Sebolai was also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice for tampering with the crime scene by mopping up Tshabalala’s blood on the floor. He was acquitted of a motor vehicle theft charge.
Judge Moosa made mention of events that surrounded Sebolai’s second conviction – that he had cleaned up Tshabalala’s blood from the floor of his flat, changed her clothes and removed the murder weapon from the crime scene after the stabbing. Also that by not making possible attempt to seek medical attention after stabbing her, Sebolai had intentions of killing her.
Moosa called Sebolai’s crime “callous, merciless and heinous” and that he believed it was appropriate to give him a sentence higher than the prescribed minimum of 15 years.
“It is clear from the evidence that it was a senseless killing of the deceased by the accused,” Moosa said as he considered the killing and the circumstances surrounding it in reaching a decision on sentencing.
Sebolai had however begged the court for leniency, stating that he had to take care of his three minor children, the children of his deceased sister and his parents.
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