Husband ‘unfit’

2017-10-18 06:00
Jeanett Moekoa-Motati

Jeanett Moekoa-Motati

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The husband of the late Jeanett Moekoa-Motati is reportedly “unfit” for his first court appearance in connection with the brutal murder of his spouse.

The suspect was admitted to the Pelonomi Hospital with his wife on 23 September, after he sustained burn injuries due to allegedly setting her on fire in their flat in Phase 3, Bloemfontein.

Jeanett died 72 hours after the gruesome event.

According to the police, Jeanett died due to severe burn wounds sustained during the brutal ordeal.

Sgt Ikobeng Hlubi, spokesperson of the Mangaung police cluster, says the man (34) is still hospitalised.

She would not shed light on the suspect’s progress despite reports that his condition has improved.

The suspect is yet to appear in court on charges of arson and the alleged murder of Jeanett, with whom he has three children aged two, six and ten.

The three minors are currently in the care of Jeanett’s elder sister, Mpuse Moekoa-Mohoase.

Two of the three children, a boy and a girl, are enrolled in a local primary school in Bloemfontein.

According to reports, the suspect had a domestic dispute with his late wife, which led to the shocking event of her allegedly being burned alive in broad daylight in a flat the couple had been renting.

The suspect had allegedly wrapped up Jeanett’s mouth and entire body with plastic and thereafter set her on fire in the flat.

An eyewitness said raging flames prevented bystanders from rescuing Jeanett from the flat, which had been engulfed in smoke.

Moekoa-Mohoase said at the time Jeanett died, the court had granted her a domestic protection order (interdict) against the suspect to fend off constant abuse by him.

The police has not yet confirmed or denied that there had been a court interdict granted to the victim against the suspect, as their investigation was still underway.

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