North West men appear for murder of DA researcher

2014-10-10 11:13

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Johannesburg - Three men have appeared in the Zeerust Magistrate's Court for allegedly killing a 50-year-old Democratic Alliance researcher, North West police said on Friday.

The case against Bathobotlhe Motseothata, aged 24, Patrick Kgopolo Motlhaga, aged 31, and Harry Meyer, aged 32, was on Thursday postponed to 20 October for further investigation, said Captain Pelonomi Makau.

They allegedly entered Sherril Bester's home in Ottoshoop on Saturday night, and attacked her with a blunt object.

"She was found with marks on her head and neck and was also believed to have been strangled," Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko said on Monday.

Bester had friends visiting at her home earlier on Saturday but was alone at the time of the attack.

"After her friends left, the three people entered her home and attacked her," said Moleko.

They allegedly loaded some of Bester's clothes and food onto the back of her bakkie and fled the scene.

Police then received a report in the early hours of Sunday morning that the bakkie had crashed into a gate in a nearby township.

They went to the scene of the crash and found one of the men inside Bester's vehicle.

"He said the vehicle belonged to his uncle, but after investigation we found that it belonged to the deceased and he was arrested," said Makau.

Police then went to Bester's home and found her dead.

The two other men were arrested on Wednesday. The DA said Bester was their researcher in the North West provincial legislature.

"Sherril was a loyal and trustworthy employee in the DA's legislature office for most of the past 10 years, during which she reported almost daily on incidents like the one that cost her life," DA provincial leader Chris Hattingh said.

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