Mystery murder solved

2017-10-25 06:00
Godfrey Maphobole

Godfrey Maphobole

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The mystery murder of a blind woman, Joalane Gloria Links (53) of Winburg in 2014, has been solved following the sentencing of suspect Isak Steven Links (48).

The Winburg Regional Court recently sentenced the accused to 15 years imprisonment for murdering the deceased on 26 December 2014.

The sentencing of Links ended the 33 month wait for justice for the blind woman.

Capt. Malebo Khosana, spokesperson of the Winburg cluster, said the police first opened an inquest docket after struggling to find clues what caused the woman’s death.

It was later changed to a murder docket, following the in-depth investigation by Const. Mpho Kotsamere.

Khosana said forensic investigation positively connected the accused with the mysterious murder.

“The police could not detect the cause of her death although there was a suspicion that she might have been strangled.

“It took several months before a post-mortem could reveal that Joalane was strangled and died,” said Khosana.

He said evidence linked the accused Links with the victim’s murder.

“The investigator, Const. Kotsamere, who was at the crime scene detected that the accused Isak Links, who was also at the scene, had scrat-ches on one cheek. He then suspected that he might have fought with his aunt before her death.

“As a result all relevant exhibits were obtained during the investigation. The case was changed from inquest to murder after evidence linked the accused with this murder. The accused was arrested after a warrant of arrest was issued to stand trial for murder of his aunt,” said Khosana.

He said the deceased’s body was discovered in a shack dwelling in the Makeleketla township of Winburg.

Maj.Gen. Apaphia Modise lauded the investigator for ensuring that thorough in-depth investigation took place and that justice took its course, irrespective of the duration to solve the crime.

  • The murder trial in which Godfrey Maphobole stands accused of murdering his wife, is set to be heard in the Bloemfontein High Court from Monday (30/10) until 3 November.

Maphobole is accused of murdering his wife Thulani Gqamane in November 2015.

He is currently out on bail of R20 000, which was granted to him early in 2016.

Maphobole and Gqamane were both employees at the ANC-led Tokologo Municipality, administering the towns of Boshof, Dealesville and Hertzogville. The accused held the influential position of senior director, while his wife was a junior auditor. He has since left the municipality.

According to the police’s preliminary investigation Gqa­mane (26) was killed at the couple’s house in Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein.

Maphobole allegedly put the deceased’s body in his car and drove to his hometown of Winburg, 120 km from Bloemfontein.

On the third day after the murder, the accused allegedly burnt Gqamane’s body at the Winburg landfill site.

Her death came to light after some of the homeless people residing near the landfill called the police upon discovering the body.

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