Justice for constable

2017-01-25 06:02
Slain police constable Mbuyiselo James Concoshi. Photo: Supplied

Slain police constable Mbuyiselo James Concoshi. Photo: Supplied

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The murder trial in which four suspects stand accused of killing police constable Mbuyisela James Concoshi last year in January will be heard in the Virginia High Court.

The trial is set to start on Monday (30/01) and to run until 10 February.

The four accused include the wife of the slain officer. According to the charge sheet, they are Nomalanga Pauline Concoshi, Papiki James Mateisi, Basie Stephen Ndude and Kopano Samuel Mojanago.

They are charged with murder, armed robbery and perjury. A charge of perjury has been brought against Nomalanga, who has a daughter and a son with the deceased.

Capt. S’fiso Nyakane, Hawks spokesperson in the Free State, says that through in-depth investigation into the case, the motive is also believed to have been established.

“The motive for the killing was that the deceased was in the process of divorcing his wife,” says Nyakane.

He says money had been involved in plotting the murder, with the three alleged hitmen (Mateisi, Ndude and Mojanago) being promised payment for killing Concoshi.

All four accused were arrested by the Hawks days after Concoshi (34) was murdered on 18 January last year.

The clothes the victim had been wearing were discovered at Ndude’s place, while his cellphone was found in Mojanago’s possession.

Concoshi’s murder has been surrounded by mystery. His body was found in the back seat of his vehicle, which was parked on the side of the M4 Road near Riebeeckstad, Welkom. The police reportedly found him half-naked, with a severe wound to the left side of his head. The key was reportedly still in the ignition, but the engine was not running.

The police’s initial investigation revealed the attackers had assaulted and strangled Concoshi, as marks were visible on his neck. It was unclear where the murder had taken place.

“Following investigation, it has been determined that the murder took place in his house.”

Nyakane says Mateisi and Ndude have previous convictions. Ndude was convicted and sentenced for robbery while Mateisi was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for murder.

He had been out on parole.

All four accused were denied bail and remained in custody for the duration of the pre-trial, which was heard in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court in January last year.

The late Concoshi was buried in his hometown of Fauresmith early in February last year, with Nomalanga and the three male co-accused already behind bars.

The deceased police officer had been attached to the Welkom Police Crime Prevention Unit.

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