Trials continue after two women’s deaths

2016-12-07 06:02

Two men standing accused of the murder of their partners following separate incidents of brutal beatings remain in custody while police conti­nue with investigations into the alarming cases.

The suspects are Selly Thomas (32) of Wepener and Thabang Lecheko (35) of Ficksburg.

Both men were denied bail during their appearances in the magistrate’s court in their respective towns last Tuesday (29/11).

The two fatal incidents took place nine days apart.

Thomas allegedly beat his wife, Sarah (28), to death on 12 November, while Lecheko allegedly beat his lover, Refilwe Nketoane (32), on 22 November.

Both the victims were reportedly found dead at the crime scenes by the police.

Sgt Yanga Ngcukana, police spokesperson of the Wepener police cluster, said Thomas was still on trial for murder regarding a case dating back to 2014 after the fatal stabbing of Tsietsi Mothebe.

He said Thomas had been out on conditional bail and the state turned down his bail application for the murder of his wife.

Thomas will remain in custody until his next appearance on 31 January 2017.

The police reportedly found her naked and bruised body in a pool of blood outside a house.

Ngcukana said investigation was ongoing, and also added that the motive for the killing was still unknown.

Capt. Phumelelo Dhlamini, spokesperson for the Ficksburg cluster, said Lecheko was expected to appear in the Ficksburg Magistrate’s Court on 9 January 2017 to reapply for bail after the state turned down the application on his first appearance.

He said an investigation was underway.

The victim had reportedly been certified dead by paramedics, who had found her in the bedroom.

Dhlamini said the suspect had phoned the paramedics after unsuccessful attempts to wake the victim up.

  • In another case, a 15-year-old boy from Ladybrand has been arrested in connection with the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl in the township of Manyatseng.

The boy was reportedly assaulted by angry community members after the incident.

Thandi Mbambo, Free State police spokesperson, said the police rescued the suspect from the angry community.

Mbambo said the boy was treated at a local hospital and was thereaf­ter arrested for the alleged crime, which was reportedly committed recently.

Mbambo said a case of attempted murder has been opened for further investigation following the boy’s severe beating by angry community members.

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