Man Who Fatally Shot His Sister's Abusive Partner Given 18-Year Jail Sentence: Police

A man in South Africa was sentenced to 18 years in prison for murder after pleading guilty for the killing of his sister's partner, who police said "was killed as a result of domestic violence" between the sister and the deceased.

Mbukiswa Mkhize, 34, from the KwaZulu-Natal province, pleaded guilty on Monday before the Pietermaritzburg High Court for the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Zamokuhle Ndlovu.

Ndlovu was reported to be at his home in the Thembalihle area (which falls under South Africa's Mountain Rise policing precinct) of the Northern Cape province at 10 p.m. local time on October 6 in 2019 when an "unknown man" entered the property, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement Tuesday.

"He fired shots towards him and he sustained gunshot wounds to the stomach and neck. He was declared dead at the scene by paramedics," the statement said.

A case for murder was opened at the Mountain Rise SAPS. According to the police statement, following a lengthy investigation it was revealed that Ndlovu was "killed as a result of domestic violence between him and the accused's sister."

Mkhize was traced and arrested during December 2019 and he made several court appearances before he pleaded guilty and was sentenced, police said.

Newsweek has contacted the SAPS for further comment.

Other recent domestic violence incidents

On Monday, a man alleged to have shot and killed a 17-year-old boy he reportedly found in his daughter's bedroom was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

On May 6, police officers were called to the home in North Memphis, Tennessee where they found an unresponsive male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene at the time of the incident.

In late April, a man in Arkansas was sentenced to life in prison without parole after admitting to killing his girlfriend at the top of a mountain.

Victoria "Tori" Lowry, 20, was fatally stabbed in the chest after she was driven to the top of a mountain in Bismarck in May 2020.

He allegedly dragged her body to the edge of a clearing and left her to be found the next day, local media reported at the time.

Also in late April, a court in Antalya, Turkey ruled that a woman who killed her husband was acting in self-defense, in a landmark verdict that was welcomed by a women's rights group.

Melek Ipek, 31, alleged she had been regularly beaten by her husband Ramazan Ipek, 36, throughout their 12-year marriage.

In her account in the indictment, she claimed in January she was handcuffed by her husband who hit her with a rifle butt and threatened to kill her and their daughters.

After firing the gun, which smashed the window beside them, he reportedly left the house, saying he would come back later to kill them. Upon his return, while handcuffed, the wife picked up his rifle, which went off after a struggle. The husband was killed by a single round.

Durban South African Police Service January 2020
Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) pictured on January 1, 2020 overseeing New Year's Day festivities in Durban. A man in South Africa was sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty for the killing of the partner of his sister, who was allegedly a victim of domestic violence. Rajesh Jantilal/AFP via Getty Images