The High Court of South Africa; North West Division, sitting at the Ga-Rankuwa Regional Court, sentenced Odirile Figland (27) on Friday, 24 June 2022, to two life terms on two counts of murder and a cumulative 85 years for other serious offences.
NPA Regional Spokesperson Henry Mamothame says the conviction relates to an incident, that occurred at Wintervelt in Odi, in June 2017, at a tavern, whereat Figland was playing dice with the friends of Zonele Abraham (deceased) before a squabble ensued.
He says Figland took out a gun and started firing shots at one of the friends who managed to flee without being shot at. Shortly afterwards, Abrahams approached Figland armed with a beer bottle, enquiring why there was an attempt to shoot his friend. One of Finland’s friends grabbed the bottle from Abrahams and hit him on the head. Figland pulled out a gun and fired three shots toward Abrahams, He died on his way to the hospital.
“He was convicted on two counts of murder, one of attempted murder, two of unlawful possession of a firearm, two of unlawful possession of ammunition, one of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one of housebreaking with intent to commit an offence”.
In aggravation of sentence, Adv Takalani Muneri urged the court not to deviate from the prescribed minimum sentence. He argued that Figland was a dangerous killer who should be removed from society. He further highlighted Figland’s previous conviction on a robbery charge in Jan 2014, wherein he got a five-year suspended sentence.