Justice served at last

2017-02-08 06:01

The puzzling murder of a Thaba Nchu woman, Emily Lekeka, has been solved by the police through forensic investigation.

The murder, to which there were no witnesses, was committed on 12 May 2010. At the time, the cold-blooded murder was a mystery, as her body had been discovered in the house with the doors locked.

Sgt Martin Xuma, Selosesha police spokesperson, said the victim had been found in a pool of blood on the floor by her husband who unlocked the door. The husband had just arrived from work at about 19:00.

Xuma said the victim had severe wounds to the head, indicating that a deadly object had been used to attack the victim.

Xuma said Lekeka had been declared dead at the scene by the emergency service personnel and the police who responded to the call.

Despite the time that has passed since her death, forensic science laboratory tests conducted on the blood-stained clothes positively linked the murder to Molati Johannes Thoabala (45).

Xuma said the accused had been staying with the victim and her husband at their house in Moroka, Thaba Nchu. The blood-stained clothes belonging to the accused had been discovered upon searching the house. Xuma said the accused had told the police that the blood had been from an animal that he had recently slaughtered.

To prove the connection beyond a reasonable doubt, Xuma said the blood-stained clothes were taken to the forensic laboratory, which had managed to unravel the cover-up by the accused.

“The results were positive that the blood on the clothes of the accused was that of the deceased,” said Xuma.

Thanks to the forensic investigation, the Bloemfontein High Court sentenced Thoabala to an effective 15 years imprisonment after finding him guilty of the murder.

The sentence brings justice to the victim after a six-year wait. Her husband had died before the completion of the murder trial and thus could not see justice for his murdered spouse.

Lt.Gen Jacob Tsumane, Free State police commissioner, has applauded investigator Det.Const. Patrick Lenkoe for a job well done in investigating the murder.

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