Man jailed for murder, splits on 2nd suspect

2014-03-19 08:41


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Bloemfontein - A convicted murderer was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, following which his assistance led to arrest of a second man linked to the crime, police said.

Palo Phillip Ramaoto, 30, had been found guilty of shooting and killing 51-year-old Muzi Gao at his shop in Welkom on 11 March last year, Captain Stephen Thakeng said.

Ramaoto, from Ficksburg, entered Gao's shop posing as a customer and without saying a word, drew his firearm and shot Gao.

"A case of murder was registered at Welkom police station and investigations continued. A tip-off was given to Detective Constable Tshehla Phahlametsing regarding who the suspect was in the case," he said.

A 27-year-old Chinese man was also arrested but the case was later withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

After Ramaoto was sentenced, he linked the 27-year-old man to Gao's murder, as the 27-year-old had allegedly promised Ramaoto R50 000 to kill Gao, but only paid him R10 000.

The police then arrested the 27-year-old for murder.

He was expected to appear in the Welkom Magistrate's Court soon.

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