Violent attack punished

2018-06-27 06:00
Joseph Matebesi in the Northern Cape High Court. Photo: Supplied

Joseph Matebesi in the Northern Cape High Court. Photo: Supplied

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A sentence of 18 years’ imprisonment has been handed down to Joseph Matebesi (26) for the murder of Kesholohetse Noganyane (44), as well as aiding another person in committing a crime.

Matebesi was sentenced by the Northern Cape High Court on Wednesday (20/06). The charge of robbery was withdrawn after he had pleaded guilty to both charges.

Police spokesperson Sergio Kock said the investigation started 11 months ago.

On 16 July 2017, two women were walking home from a tavern in Hartswater, when they were followed by the accused and a friend. Both were armed with knives.

The accused accosted the two women and dragged them in different directions.

“The one woman (later the deceased) refused to go to the tavern with the accused. He dragged her by the arm and she screamed for help,” said Kock.

When a group of people approached them, the accused panicked and stabbed the female victim several times.

“The stabbed victim, Kesholohetse Noganyane (44), tried to run away, but fell and succumbed to her injuries.”

Matebesi then ran to his friend and aided him in attempting to rape the friend of the deceased, Esther Leacwe (34).

She wrestled with them and managed to run away. The two suspects were arrested on the morning after the murder.

The incident has left Leacwe traumatised. She was the last person to see Noganyane alive, and the first to discover her body, about 100 m from where Leacwe had last seen her.

The case of attempted rape and robbery against the second accused will continue in the Hartswater Regional Court.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) applauds the investigating officer, Const. Thabiso Mosalanyane, for a job well done and bringing a well-investigated case before court.

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