The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will push for a life sentence for the man convicted of murdering Allison Plaatjies.

Phillip April was found guilty of premeditated murder and the theft of her car.

He stabbed the young teacher to death and left her body in her flat in October 2019.

He’s expected to be sentenced in December.

“We hope that he will get life imprisonment, which is what we gonna call for when we return to this court on the first of December. We will argue for a very strong sentence against the accused, considering the case against him and the manner in which he killed her.”

– Eric Ntabazalila, National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson

This is one of three convictions the NPA managed to secure in the Western Cape High Court this week.

The other cases include that of Babsy Ntamehlo who killed his wife, Nosicelo Tsipa, and a 57-year-old man found guilty of raping and killing young Tazné Van Wyk.

Meanwhile, Ashley October was sentenced to life in prison for the premeditated murder of his ex-wife, Charlene.

The NPA says it’s encouraged by these convictions, handed down against perpetrators of gender-based violence and femicide.