They will probably deal him down to manslaughter. I don't know what the lowest possible sentence for that is in South Africa.
I don't know where the police/prosecution got first-degree murder from anyways. Premeditated? Who would premeditate that mess? If I were going to stage a shooting in my home where I wanted it to look like an accident, I certainly wouldn't plan to shoot my victim through a bathroom door and then say I believed it was an intruder.
If they got in an argument and he shot her, it's still a serious crime and he's still a bastard. But that's not first degree/premeditated murder.
Nope. It doesn't go from premediated murder into manslaughter but there are many different degrees of murder.
Right now they want him for a schedule 6, premediated murder. Judge can decide to lower it to schedule 5 (murder). That's also a loooooooooong prison sentence but not as severe as the first one which is life (25 years before you can even get parole for premediated murder)
My guess is he's gonna get convicted for murder but not premediated murder. Probably gonna get a 20-25 years in prison (that he doesn't have a criminal history probably helps) and be a free man around 50.
But if he got manslaughter (like if it was just a completely accidental killing) he could be free in 5-10 years and as a 26 year old that wouldn't be so bad. That's obviously what the defense aims for with the robber story. That's not gonna work