Wife shot: date set for trial

2010-09-22 00:00

TRAFFIC officer Lebohang Justice Molefe (31) has been indicted to stand trial in the high court in Pietermaritzburg from April 7 to April 15 for the attempted murder of his wife, Thobeka.

Prosecutor Rene Padayachee served the indictment on Molefe when he appeared briefly before magistrate Divesh Mootheram yesterday.

Molefe, a Road Traffic Inspectorate officer, is on bail of R2 000.

The indictment alleges that for some years after his marriage to Thobeka, Molefe physically abused her and on occasions threatened to shoot her dead if she were to leave him.

She had allegedly obtained protection orders against him in the past.

On the afternoon of April 29 this year, it is alleged that Molefe returned from work and went to the house where Thobeka was staying in Oribi Village, and woke her.

The indictment states that he grabbed her and struck her when she tried to run away, causing her to fall. He then went to fetch his service pistol and allegedly shot her in the head as she lay on the floor.

Thobeka was taken to hospital in a comatose state. She later recovered.


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