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<div> | No 'profile' for intimate partner killers, DJ sentencing hears</div>

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Johannesburg - There was no specific profile for a personcapable of carrying out violent acts against their intimate partner, the HighCourt sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Wednesday.

Professor Rachel Jewkes, who

heads the Gender and HealthResearch Unit for the SA Medical Research Council, said in her research ondomestic violence she had deliberately avoided giving a "profile" ofa potential perpetrator.

"I think it's very dangerous to say that this is theprofile of a person who does this. This could lead to the conclusion that aperson who does not fit the profile does not behave in a particular way," Jewkessaid.

She was testifying in the sentencing proceedings of formerJozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend DollyTshabalala.

Sebolai stabbed her in the pelvic area, severing a mainartery, which caused her to bleed to death at his flat in Jabulani, Soweto.

Sebolai had told the court that Tshabalala was stabbed asthey fought over a knife that she had used to stab him on his fingers.

Jewkes testified that her report revealed that 17 of the 20men interviewed in her research had difficult childhoods, but this did not meanthat this was the profile of partner abusers.

Thabang Mathopo, for Sebolai, however, said that his clienthad no absent father, nor childhood trauma.

Sebolai was expected to take the stand later, where he wouldplead for a lenient sentence.

The court was once again packed to capacity.

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