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Irish granny's brutal killer gets 25 years

A KILLER who strangled a Dublin grandmother in her South African home has been sentenced to 25 years behind bars.

A quiet suburb of Cape Town was left reeling after Cecily Clark, from Shankill, in south Dublin, was brutally murdered by homeless man Nelson Gobodwana (25) in a botched robbery.

The 67-year-old retired physiotherapist tried to fend him off on the night of February 2, 2011, but was overpowered and strangled.


Mrs Clark's husband, who arrived at the home to witness his wife being killed, was also allegedly assaulted by the thief.

However after falling to the ground, he pretended to be unconscious and later raised the alarm.

Gobodwana then went upstairs and began ransacking the rooms of the home.

However security officials quickly arrived at the scene and he was caught while he was still inside the property. He was carrying a black plastic bag containing jewellery of other property and will now spend up to 25 years behind bars.

Mrs Clark had been living in Cape Town for more than 40 years with her husband, who is a property developer.

A police spokeswoman said: "Nelson Gobodwana received a sentence of 25 years in prison for the murder of Cecily Clark.

"This conviction was largely due to perseverance and commitment of the investigation officer."

The spokeswoman outlined how Mrs Clark was in her home when confronted by Gobodwana.


"During the altercation, the suspect grabbed hold of Mrs Clark by the throat and began strangling her, resulting in her falling to the ground in an unconscious state.

"At that moment in time, her husband arrived home and it is alleged that a further altercation ensued between the suspect and himself."

She added: "Mr Clark used this opportunity to activate the panic alarm which alerted ADT security."

Mrs Clark is survived by her husband and children Jonathan, Simon and Emma.