Cigarette stub sinks dairy farm killer

2011-06-20 22:32

Pretoria - Spittle on a cigarette stub found at the scene where a woman was murdered on a Cullinan dairy farm three years ago ensured her killer was brought to book.

Tumelo Shakes Monakedi, 27, of Refilwe was convicted in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday on charges of housebreaking and murdering Connie Janneke, 61, at the Du Plooy Dairy farm near Cullinan.

Janneke's body was discovered on her bed on January 21 2008 after she did not arrive for work.

Her hands and feet were tied behind her back and a towel was wrapped tightly around her neck.

Only her cellphone was missing.

A window had been broken to gain entry to her cottage next to the main house on the smallholding in Kaalfontein.

Janneke was last seen alive the previous evening talking on her cellphone on the veranda.

She moved to the farm from Kempton Park four days earlier.

Monakedi was linked to the crime through DNA found in spittle on a cigarette stub discovered inside the cottage.

An expert testified that only one in 23 billion people would match the DNA found on the cigarette stub.


Monakedi was arrested after police followed up a phone call made from Janneke's cellphone, which led them to Monakedi's girlfriend.

His girlfriend testified that he had given her the cellphone as a present and that she had been using it for a few months.

Monakedi testified that he was asleep at home that night and had never been to the dairy farm in his life.

He said a man called Simon, who owed him money, had given a cellphone to him.

Convicting Monakedi, Judge Vivian Tlhapi said it was probable that more than one person had been involved in Janneke's murder.

Police also found a glove and pocket knife and lifted fingerprints from the scene, but it did not yield positive results.

The judge said the only conclusion that could be drawn from the DNA evidence was that Monakedi was present during the robbery.

The trial was postponed to August 5 at the request of the defence.

  • zulufox - 2011-06-21 08:14

    The obsession with the fatboy is really annoying... Even in stories where his name isn't mentioned... You are giving him the pedestal...

  • Darter - 2011-06-21 08:47

    Although we give you guys crap, well done to the SAPS on good detective work. Might have taken 3 years, but atleast he's guilty....

      Ruff-ian - 2011-06-21 17:23

      Well, when your life continues as normal,work,play and so forth, after a certain while you start to feel confident that you go away,you get involved with a woman and have babies and alsorts of stuf happen AND THEN ONE DAY THE POLICE ROCK UP WHEN YOU LEASE EXPECT IT and you go to the chookoo,life is not easy but fair SOMETIMES

      Gerrit - 2011-06-27 09:43

      Darter, the phone was probably given to the girlfriend the same, or next day. That it took 3 years to finalise the case does not say much about the SAPS, or, for that matter, for the Justice system in

  • JustinD - 2011-06-21 12:23

    Well done SAPS, now hang this useless piece of camel turd

  • InternetMan - 2011-06-23 17:42

    Hhhm Refilwe you say.. Is that where all the men that work at the petrol garages come from?

  • Richard Townley-Johnson - 2011-06-27 10:19

    He's guilty.. But lets wait for the sentence to see if a form of justice gets served. And one killer in 3 years... I find it difficult to rejoice when every Monday I come into work, open News24 and read about more killings. With all these murders 'convicted murderer' should be a common headline rather than something new and unusual.

  • Ondier - 2011-06-27 11:46

    This is the mistake that RSA has right here.... "he judge said the only conclusion that could be drawn from the DNA evidence was that Monakedi was present during the robbery." Please Notice how this scene is a robbery scene and not a Murder Scene.... Its obviouse that this was not a robbery

  • mabsie - 2011-09-29 04:02

    Great work!

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