Nine to appear in court for mob justice

2015-06-02 15:58
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Bloemfontein - Nine suspects are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Wednesday for the murder of a 27-year-old man during a mob justice incident in the Turflaagte township.

The nine suspects were arrested on Tuesday, said Free State police spokesperson Warrant Officer Zweli Mohobeleli. They are all aged between 30 and 40 years old.

The incident was triggered by a house robbery in Turflaagte where a group of men entered the house, and allegedly threatened occupants with knives and took cash before taking a cellphone and a music system.

“Turflaagte residents started looking for suspects and the deceased was linked to the robbery. Instead of handing him over to the police, they assaulted him.

After the assault, he was hospitalised,” Mohobeleli told News24.

An assault docket was opened, but after the man died in hospital, the charge was changed to murder.

Free State Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Simon Mpembe, congratulated members of the police for reacting swiftly.

“We urge members of the community to work with the police in the fight against crime. It is a criminal offence to take the law into your own hands,” he said.

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