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Ntabazalila said prosecutor Ntsoaki Mabiletse had argued he intended to kill Botha because if he just wanted to rob her he would have taken what he needed and left instead of stabbing her.
Mabiletse had argued in aggravation of sentence that women were killed daily and should be protected by the courts, especially deaf women, saying deterrence was important.
Ntabazalila said the NPA would continue to assign its best prosecutors in cases of crimes against women and children to ensure perpetrators were handed the harshest sentences that courts could mete out.
Bottoman was also sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery.
The sentences will run concurrently.