4 in court for Free State cop murder

2012-02-14 19:14
Bloemfontein - Four men accused of killing a Free State police detective appeared in the Botshabelo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, said police.

The case against Teboho Tsomela, 22, Eletsang Sehlooho, 26, Motlatsi Tsomela, 21, and Moeketsi Lesupi, 21, was postponed until February 21, when they are expected to apply for bail, said Constable Nomene Mokoale.

Detective Constable John Shale's body was found in a furrow at W-section near Moshongoville, in Botshabelo, on Saturday, by police acting on a tip-off.

Shale, 32, had a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

He was on his way home when the men asked him for a lift.

He stopped and had climbed out of the car to talk to them, when they allegedly overpowered him and shot him with his service pistol. The men were arrested the next day.

Police confiscated a police service pistol without a magazine, a Nokia cellphone and a tracksuit top thought to have belonged to Shale.

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