Alleged serial killer finalises defence

2011-10-10 20:00
Johannesburg - Alleged serial killer Sello Phalane appeared in the Limpopo High Court sitting in Middelburg on Monday, Limpopo police said.

"He was not given a chance to plead. He is still finalising his defence team," Lieutenant Colonel Mohale Ramatseba said.

The trial was set to resume on Wednesday.

Phalane allegedly raped, robbed and killed five women between 2008 and 2009 in the Dennilton area.

The first victim, Eva Lekalakala, 41, was killed in June 2008. Her remains were found at Spitpunt, in Dennilton. She was identified through DNA tests.

Josephine Manamela, 38, was killed in August 2008 and her decomposed body found at Ga Maria village.

In February 2009, the naked body of an unknown woman, aged around 30, was found in the bushes at Driefontein in Dennilton.

The remains of Margaret Seretlo, 41, were found at Driefontein in Dennilton in July 2009, as were those of Elizabeth Kobe, 36.

Phalane was arrested at a minibus taxi rank in Zebediela in September 2009, while selling CDs.

He remains in police custody.

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