Kutumela awaits sentencing for rape, murder

Thato Kutumela strangled his 18-year-old model girlfriend Zanele Khumalo three years ago.

FILE: Thato Kutumela strangled his 18-year-old model girlfriend Zanele Khumalo three years ago at her parents' Garsfontein home. Picture: Stock.xchng.

JOHANNESBURG - Convicted murderer and rapist Thato Kutumela will learn his fate today when he is sentenced in the High Court in Pretoria.

Kutumela strangled his 18-year-old model girlfriend Zanele Khumalo three years ago at her parents' Garsfontein home.

Although he has denied any part in the crime, acting judge Johan Kruger found all circumstantial evidence pointed to him being the killer.

The court heard that Khumalo was five months pregnant when Kutumela raped and killed her in 2011. It also emerged that Kutumela was abusive, controlling and jealous of his model girlfriend and often threatened and assaulted her in public.

A social worker testified that he showed no remorse for the crimes and recommended he be sentenced to jail.