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Friday, 5 December, 1997, 14:02 GMT
South African serial killer gets two-thousand years in jail

A convicted serial killer in South Africa has been sentenced to more than two-thousand years in jail.

Moses Sithole was found guilty of thirty-eight murders, mostly involving young women, and forty rapes.

Most of his victims were strangled with their own underwear.

In passing South Africa's highest-ever sentence of two-thousand-four-hundred-and-ten years, Judge David Carlewis said he wanted to ensure that Sithole would spend the rest of his natural life in jail.

He said that if South Africa's new constitution had permitted it, he would have sentenced Sithole to death.

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