Man jailed for killing teen

Johannesburg - A man was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment by the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday after he was found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a 17-year-old girl, police said.

The high court, sitting in the Kathu Circuit Court, found that James Thipe, 23, murdered Helen Kuhn on 29 August 2012, police spokesperson Priscilla Naidu said.

Kuhn was hitch-hiking from Dingleton to Kathu when Thipe offered her a lift.

When she realised that he was driving in the wrong direction, Kuhn phoned her mother, who alerted police and reported the details of his vehicle.

Police then found Thipe on the road during a patrol.

"At the time the accused informed police that he was hijacked by three armed men and that they had taken his car... and that the victim was in the car with the hijackers," Naidu said.

Police found his vehicle while he was at the police station.

Kuhn's body was found near the vehicle, which had been involved in an accident, with her throat slit.

Police found the vehicle's keys and the murder weapon in Thipe's pocket and he was arrested.


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Nicky Lee 2014-08-06 10:36:03 PM
Let's backward a death penalty, killing all the criminal save space in prison save money for tax payer.increase the better sevice delivery around south africa. What all you thinking?
Peter Mutulu Madikoto II 2014-08-06 11:15:48 PM
lol eh South Africa is starting to turn into America, doing psychotic things
Dennis van Aarde 2014-08-07 04:57:07 AM
There is something wrong with the justice system don't There is something very wrong, jailed for murder18 years vs 6years that a policeman gets something is very wrong or is it "it is not what you know but who you know but"
Msondezi Elwell Bolana 2014-08-07 07:45:41 AM
nicky lee i agree with you but what i noticed none who can think the way we think coz here in south africa he / she is got a right he / she does something wrong to one another thats why justice acting like so