Police on trail

2017-11-29 06:02

The Bloemfontein police are waiting for forensic evidence to resolve the complex murder case of a woman.

Col. Thandi Mbambo, the provincial police spokesperson, says the forensic investigation should establish a connection with the suspect, Katlego Selokoane (23).

He remains in custody after the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court turned down his bail application on Monday, 20 November. He is expected to appear in court again on 7 December.

Mbambo says a forensic investigation would determine beyond reasonable doubt that the body found at the Hamilton sewage dam was indeed that of the woman suspected to have been killed by Selokoane.

The deceased had reportedly confronted a neighbour about the tree whose leaves hang into her yard at her house in Bloemanda. The tree with its overhanging leaves still stands tall in the yard of the suspect.

“The forensic tests will determine the cause of death and confirm that it is indeed the woman reported as missing. Forensics will also determine if the body matches traces of blood and human flesh recovered from the suspect’s yard. The preliminary findings of the doctor could not determine if she was raped or not. However, it revealed that she was hit with a blunt object on the back of the head,” says Mbambo.

Mbambo says three weeks ago, on 7 November, the woman reportedly informed her children where she was going and the purpose of her visit. However, she never returned home.

The man was arrested because of prima facie evidence that saw him lead the police to the dam where the body of a woman was found.

“After much interrogation, he led the police to the dam where the body was found. On investigation into the neighbour’s (Selokoane) yard, traces of blood and possible human flesh were found, as well as a burnt mattress. Samples were taken and have been referred to the lab for forensic tests,” says Mbambo.

She says the family has identified the body.

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