Ex-jockey from Shongweni begins life sentence for girlfriend's murder

Ex-jockey from Shongweni begins life sentence for girlfriend's murder

Ex-jockey, Graham Gregorowski has begun serving a life sentence for the 2016 murder of his girlfriend at his home in Shongweni.

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The 33-year-old was sentenced in the Durban High Court on Monday for killing 54-year-old Janet Scott - who was well-known in the horse racing fraternity.

It's understood Scott was killed after she and Gregorowski quarrelled over a woman who was living at his home.

According to the post mortem, Janet died from multiple blunt force trauma. 

Gregorowski pleaded not guilty to the murder, telling the court Janet's death was an accident.

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In his victim impact statement, Janet's brother, Robert Scott told the court his sister was beaten savagely to death for being in love with a man who she thought loved her. 

He says when he went to identify her body in the morgue, he was in disbelief because her face was unrecognisable. 

The court heard Robert was able to identify her through a ladybug tattoo she had on her stomach.

Janet's daughter, Stacy Mitchell told the court her mother was killed just months before her wedding. 

She says it pains her that she never got to meet her grandchildren.

The judge found Gregorowski showed no remorse for his actions.

The NPA's Natasha Kara says they welcome conviction and sentence.

"The National Prosecuting Authority will continue to viciously prosecute matters of intermit partner femicide."

Gregorowski's application for leave to appeal both conviction and sentence was denied.

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