CONVICTED serial killer Kershwin Goldstone – who strangled and stabbed three elderly people to death in as many weeks – was sentenced to life in prison by the Pietermaritzburg High Court today.
Goldstone, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated robbery and theft last week.
He scaled the walls of the Kenwyn and Jacaranda retirement lodges which lie adjacent to one another in the Pietermaritzburg centre.
Using the drain pipes as a foothold‚ he climbed through windows on the lodges’ upper levels and forced his way into apartments.
Patricia O’Connor‚ 92‚ was the first to be murdered in her flat in Kenwyn on July 21. She had been strangled to death.
Days later‚ in the Jacaranda Lodge next door‚ 89-year-old Roland Heathcote was stabbed to death and then 89-year-old Patricia Tugwell had her throat slit with scissors after Goldstone forced his way into her room.