JUST IN: Life in prison for Palliser Road murder

The body of 77-year-old Terrence Sole lies near his front door where her was found last September

33-Year-old Berito Payito has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Palliser Road resident Terrence Sole (77).

Payito was found guilty of Sole’s murder on October 24 and was sentenced in Johannesburg High Court for murder on October 31.

A photograph of the deceased Terrence Sole.

Edenvale SAPS spokesperson Captain Jean Olckers said in addition to the life sentence Payito received 15 years imprisonment for robbery and 10 years for breaking into Sole’s property.

The matter was initially handled by the Germiston Regional Court but later transferred to the Johannesburg High Court.

Olckers said Edenvale SAPS detective Sgt Adam Mathipa investigated the matter.

“We are proud of Sgt Mathipa’s conviction and the work he did to achieve it,” said Olckers.

On September 27, 2017, Sole’s body was found at his home by his brother-in-law Alf Searle.

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At the property, a glass sliding door had been broken open however police could not determine how the Payito gained entry.

The broken glass sliding door at Terrence Sole’s Property.

A close up of where the glass sliding door was broken at Sole’s home.

Police believed sole had been dead for a few days before his body was found.

The NEWS reported last October that Sole had been strangled and beaten to death by his attacker.

An uncollected edition of Bedfordview and Edenvale News lay near Terrence Sole’s mailbox when his body was found. Police believe Sole had been dead for a few days before his body was found.

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Olckers said during investigations police learned that Sole knew Payito.

“Payito broke into Sole’s home thinking nobody was home and found Sole there,” he said.

“Sole identified Payito which led to Payito killing him in order to protect his identity.”

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Stephan Lehman

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