Black male killer of Marinda O’Dell gets life in prison

Krugersdorp occupational therapist Marinda O’Dell – a family-acquaintance of Freedom Front Gauteng leader Jaco Mulder — was murdered by three black men on July 29 2009 in her Krugersdorp home. Nothing was robbed. One man was never caught; a second confessed and turned state witness, the third black male, Mphaphantsi Stanley Mabulane ( captured in the ceiling of the O’Dell home) yesterday May 9 2012 was sentenced to a lifetime in prison. He keeps on denying his guilt.  Nobody knows their motive: nothing was robbed. The mainstream SA news media describes it as an armed robbery.

Convicted murderer Mphaphantsi Stanley Mabulana, found guilty of cutting the throat of occupational therapist Marinda O’Dell, 48 in Noordheuwel, Krugersdorp on July 29 2009, gets a lifetime in prison three years later. He vehemently denies all guilt — although he was found hiding in the ceiling by the SAPS after cutting Marina O’Dell’s throat with a hunting knife…

2012-05-10 – KRUGERSDORP MAGISTRATE’S COURT. 29-year-old Mphaphantsi Stanley Mabulana was sentenced to life in prison for murder: he cut  the throat of unarmed white 48-year-old Krugersdorp woman Marinda O’Dell and the attempted murder of her daughter Alicia, then 17 years old.

It has taken three long years and great personal courage by the O’Dell family to convict two of the three killers — the third man has never been found — and it remains a deeply mysterious case: nothing was robbed, and no explanation of the motive was ever provided in testimony.  ODELL family friend JACO MULDER FREEDOM FRONT GAUTENG LEADER mrs Odell killed mysteriously by three bl m Jul292008  NO EXPLANATION Above: the murdered woman, Marinda and her husband Henry O’Dell were family-acquaintances of Freedom Plus provincial leader Jaco Mulder, above.  He demanded two days later that ‘the government starts to apply influx (border-control) on the citizens of neighbouring countries to South Africa and that the freedom of movement of potential criminals are restricted,” he said. Mulder said the inability of government to exert law enforcement was a direct cause of tragic incidents in Krugersdorp.  “This government is sacrificing us for the sake of a dream which turned into a nightmare because of their own doing,” Mulder said. Source : Sapa /dw/fg/srg (Date : 31 Jul 2009 14:18 )


 Henry O’Dell pleased with life sentence of late wife’s killer:

O_DELL HENRY wife Marinda murdered by three bl males who stole nothing FRIEND OF FF GAUTENG LEADER JACO MULDER Jun292009 Above: the widower of the murdered woman, Henry, who remarried two years later in 2011, said he was very pleased that his late first wife’s killers were punished by a lifetime in prison.
“I would not have expected nor accepted any lesser sentence,’ he said. His daughter Alicia will have to spend the rest of her life suffering from the psychological trauma of that horrific day, he said after the sentencing of his late-wife’s murderer.

‘ He immediately started strangling me. I felt his cold hands: he had long fingernails… ‘

The survivor, Alicia (left), then a matric pupil, gave courageous O'DELL ALICIA SURVIVED STRANGLING ATTACK BY BLACK KILLERS WHO SLASHED HER MOTHER S THROAT KRUGERSDORP HOME JUNE292008testimony at the trial, telling the court that she had pleaded with one knifeman to ‘please not hurt her’.  Alicia testified on closed-circuit camera because she suffered from post-traumatic shock syndrome and also had to be protected as one of the state-witnesses.  Alicia told the court that she was attacked inside her Krugersdorp home after her return from school on July 29 2009. She was strangled and beaten with a heavy spanner and passed out. “I pleaded with him not to hurt me as I saw him walking towards me with a knife in his hand. I then struggled to keep him out by pushing against the door while he was pushing it from the other side. He got inside and immediately started strangling me, holding my neck with his hands. I felt his cold hands. He had longish fingernails. I started feeling faint. I saw the knife on the floor and tried to pick it up but he kicked it away. I lost conscienceness,’ she testified.

Shortly thereafter, this terrified 17-year-old Afrikaner teen was taken to Kagiso police station to confront a police line up — personally. She was not shielded from the men seeing her. She testified: “I recognised the three because they looked so similar to one another, each with beards and very dark-skinned,’ she told Beeld newspaper. She made a later court appearance during which she had  positively identified Mabulana as one of the three attackers. Despite her pleading, she testified that she was strangled  and was unconscious when the men cut her mother’s throat..

Magistrate Vivian Hawkins said on May 9 2012 in the Krugersdorp magistrate court that Mabulana was found guilty of murdering the occupational therapist in July 2009 by cutting her throat with a hunting knife. She sentenced him to a lifetime in prison. 

Two of the three male attackers were put on trial for killing Mrs O’Dell on July 29 2008: with the second arrested man, Phetoke Cedrick Lebea pleading guilty shortly after his arrest admitting to breaking into the O’Dell home.  Lebea was already found guilty of the crimes and is in prison.

Mabulana’s legal counsel Adv L Mogotsi said while his client ‘does not show remorse because he keeps on denying his guilt, he will appeal against the sentence.’

Freedom Front: as Quoted by Jody Nel on

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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