Parents arrested for boy’s murder

2018-01-17 06:01

Four suspects, including the parents of murdered Thaba Nchu teenager Kearabetswe Leteane (17), are set to reappear in the Thaba Nchu Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (18/01).

The suspects are Teboho Chris Molatole (45), stepmother Monkie Kelebogile Molatole (48), Mampho Ranthimu (52) and alleged hitman Kgwediyamorena Sefuthi (31). They first appeared in court on Monday, 8 January, on a charge of murder.

Sgt Martin Xuma, spokesperson of the Thaba Ncu police cluster, said the four were suspected to have colluded in plotting the murder of Leteane.

The teenage boy was reportedly shot and killed on 17 April last year in the back room of his parents’ house on Gladstone Trust, situated on the outskirts of Thaba Nchu.

“Leteane was relaxing in the back room of his father’s house in Gladstone Trust after returning from a soccer practice. An unknown man reportedly entered the back room and fatally shot him twice, in the head and chest, thereafter fleeing the scene. The victim died instantly,” said Xuma.

He said both the Molatoles were not home on the fateful day of Leteane’s murder.

Xuma said the four alleged accomplices were arrested in quick succession, on 4 and 5 January, after the police had received a lead.

He said during the investigation information was received from an informant about the conspiracy by the alleged accomplices in plotting Leteane’s murder.

“Part of the information received is that Ranthimu organised the hitman Sefuthi, who is a Lesotho national, for the execution of the murder,” said Xuma.

He said during the arrest of Sefuthi the police confiscated a firearm.

“A pistol, suspected to have been used in the crime, was found in possession of the alleged hitman. The firearm has been sent for ballistic tests to determine if it was the one used to murder Leteane. The motive for the killing is being investigated,” said Xuma.

The suspects were expected to apply for bail on Thursday (11/01). They remain in police custody while investigations into the murder ongoing.

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