Officer lauded for work done to bring murderer to book

2018-06-20 06:00
The investigating officer, Const. Khumoetsile Setlhauno.Photo: Supplied

The investigating officer, Const. Khumoetsile Setlhauno.Photo: Supplied

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Lubabalo Mongwaketse (25) has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for the murder of Keaoleboga Motlhankanye (23) in April 2017.

Mongwaketse heard his fate on 12 June in the Northern Cape High Court.

According to the court, on the day of the crime Mongwaketse accosted the deceased and confined him to a veld near Tsineng Village in Kuruman.

He is said to have brutally stabbed the victim to death with a knife, and to have broken his jaws, ribs and arms.

Subsequent to this act, Mongwaketse undressed the deceased, concealed his clothes in the veld and dumped the body near the Tsineng Police Station.

Motlhankanye’s body was found by a passer-by who alerted the police.

Mongwaketse was arrested shortly after the police had followed up on information which linked him to the murder. After his arrest he took the investigating officer to the veld and pointed out where he had hid the deceased’s clothes.

Maj. Gen. Koliswa Otola, the acting commissioner in the Northern Cape, welcomed the sentencing.

Otola commended the investigating officer, Const. Khumoetsile Setlhauno, for excellent investigation in this case.

She expressed her gratitude to the National Prosecuting Authority who had ensured that Mongwaketse received a jail sentence.

“Criminals are not supposed to share space with law-abiding citizens. They deserve hefty jail terms to deter them from committing crime,” Otola emphasised.

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