Men found guilty of killing, beheading teen

2017-11-27 17:17
High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

High Court. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Polokwane – The Limpopo High Court on Monday found two men guilty of killing a young woman for her body parts.

Stanley Mohlake and Edward Raatji killed 17-year-old Nthabiseng Mosomane - Mohlake’s girlfriend - decapitated her, and attempted to sell the body parts to sangomas in Polokwane.
 
Traditional healers alerted the police and the two were placed under surveillance, before being arrested in July last year.

Police testified that the men had tried to sell her head in Polokwane’s CBD.

The head was found wrapped in newspaper and hidden in a school bag.

Mosomane’s burnt body was found a day later at Mapela village, near Mokopane.

Raatji, a former teacher who was studying law at the University of Venda, tried to exonerate himself of the crimes.

READ: Ex-teacher delays murder trial over legal representation

It emerged during their trial that Raatji had found potential buyers.

He took notes while Judge Matsoro Semenya delivered her verdict. Mohlake held his head high. 

Raatji claimed during the trial that he had offered Mohlake a lift to Polokwane and had nothing to do with the skull that was found in his car.

Semenya found that the men’s testimonies were an attempt to disassociate themselves from the scene and the facts that incriminated them.

She said that Raatji had played a major role, as chief negotiator, in striking a deal with a sangoma.

The court found that this role was corroborated by the evidence of two sangomas who Raatji contacted about the sale.

Mohlake also maintained his innocence throughout.

Semenya found: "The accused conspired to kill the deceased in order to sell her body parts. The versions of the accused are rejected and found to be not true."

Sentencing is scheduled for January 23. 

Read more on:    polokwane  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
 

And the Paws24 and Hill's winners are ...

Find out who the winners of our Paws24 pet pics and Q&a competitions are...

 

Paws

Keep your family and pets safe from rabies
5 scientific benefits of owning a cat
Why we love cats
8 great natural remedies for your pet
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.