Dad who hanged his four children when wife asked him for a divorce jailed

The evil father who hanged his four children after his wife asked him for a divorce has been handed four life sentences in prison .

Sibusiso Mpungose, 44, pleaded guilty to murdering his children Kuhlekonke, 4, Khwezi, 6, Siphesihle, 10, and 17-year-old step-daughter Ayakha Jiyane.

He is likely to die behind bars after the verdict was given by Judge Sharmaine Balton at the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in the city of Pietermaritzburg in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.

The father had pleaded guilty to the murders which occurred just a few days after his wife Xolisile served him with divorce papers.

He told the court that he had murdered the children as he was convinced his wife was having an affair.

He had reportedly waited for her to leave the house to go to work to commit the brutal crimes.

The three youngest victims were hanged with clothing while the fourth, his step-daughter, was strangled to death in a secluded area.

Local media report the eldest child had told her friends "if anything happens just know I was kidnapped or something has happened to me" as she left school with her stepfather the day he killed her.

Her step-siblings were found hanging in their house that day.

The children's mother reportedly found the three hanging victims in her home.

Two of them were hanging from a window burglar bar and one in their mother's room.

A statement from the mother read out in court said: "I see no reason for living on this Earth. I feel that my life ended the day my children were killed."

The killer said he had planned to take his own life after the murders by jumping off a bridge but he never did so.

Judge Balton said in sentencing that the murders were "brutal and senseless".

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