Ugandan bludgeoned a Limpopo man and his wife to death in gruesome revenge attack

Sulaiman Kamya, a Ugandan national, has been handed two life sentences by the Modimolle Regional Court in Limpopo, South Africa, for the brutal murder of a couple in January 2019.

According to Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Malesela Ledwaba, the burnt remains of Joshua Mutaasa, 38, and Rita Mutaasa, 43, were discovered at their residence in Wildebeeslaagte, Northam.

Investigations revealed that the couple had been violently assaulted with a sharp object before their house was set on fire.

“The investigation team followed possible leads to Rustenburg, North West, where the accused was tracked down,” Ledwaba said.

“A breakthrough came when the cellphone belonging to one of the deceased was found at the suspect’s house together with blood-stained trousers already soaked in water.”

Ledwaba added that the murder appeared to be motivated by revenge. Kamya had allegedly agreed to purchase the couple’s car and pay for it in installments.

However, when he requested a refund on the money he had already paid, the victims reportedly refused.

“The victim told him he would give him the money later, but the accused became aggressive and forcefully went into their home demanding his cash back,” Ledwaba said.

“He then killed the couple and set the house alight and stole their valuables during the attack.”

The court found Kamya guilty of two counts of murder and one count of arson.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for each of the murders and a further 15 years for arson, to run concurrently with the life sentences.

“The sentence handed down by the court should serve as a deterrent to those who commit such heinous crimes,” Ledwaba said. “The police will continue to work tirelessly to bring criminals to justice and ensure that the rights of all citizens are protected.”

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