Attacker sentenced

2015-07-29 06:00

JUSTICE has finally been served for murder victim Tsutsili Letsika after almost four years of waiting. This was after the Welkom Magistrate’s Court convicted and sentenced his attacker, Johannes Thabiso Moleleki, to 15 years in prison. The accused was found guilty of killing the deceased by stabbing him with a knife on 16 December 2010.

Letsika died later at a local hospital in Welkom from severe injuries sustained during the attack. The court found the assailant guilty of murder during his most recent appearance.

The 26-year-old Moleleki attacked the victim, stabbing him with a knife at a tavern in the Phomolong Village, Rheederpark, in Welkom, the court heard. The accused attacked the victim after bitter argument between them had reached boiling point. The deceased sustained two stab wounds in the neck following the knife-stabbing on the ill-fated night. Eyewitnesses testified in court that the suspect was seen holding a knife with blood stains on it after the fatal attack. Letsika was admitted to a local hospital where he was treated. He died after a few days.

Moleleki was busted following an intensive investigation by the investigative officer, Sgt Kabelo Qutjwa of the Welkom Detectives Unit.

Col. Thabo Ramootsi applauded the investigative officer for a job well done. “This conviction and sentencing sends a clear message to criminals that no matter how long it takes, the law will finally catch up with them.”

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