Sandile Mantsoe murder trial set down for September

2017-08-31 13:42
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Johannesburg – At least 20 witnesses have been lined up to testify against murder-accused Sandile Mantsoe when he goes on trial for killing his ex-girlfriend.

His case was moved to the Johannesburg High Court and is due to be heard on September 15.

On Thursday, he was handed the indictment which outlined the charges and a list of State witnesses. 

The 27-year-old is charged with the premeditated murder of Karabo Mokoena who was killed on April 28. 

In addition, he is also charged with intent to do grievous bodily harm for allegedly assaulting her on March 27. 

Mantsoe has been behind bars since May.

On Thursday, seated in the public gallery, Mantsoe's mother fixed her gaze on her son as he adjusted his tan checkered jacket, over his peach turtleneck and brown scarf.

He raised his eyebrows at his mother, who waved and smiled encouragingly at him from the gallery as he made his way back down to the holding cells.  

Mantsoe, had appeared via live stream in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court from Sun City prison on Wednesday, but the matter was postponed to Thursday. He had to be in court to physically receive the indictment.

Also read: Sandile Mantsoe not present in court to receive indictments

The search for Makoena

Mokoena's gruesome murder made headlines in May after her charred remains were discovered in an open veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg in April.

Friends and family had been searching for Mokoena with a plea for information of her whereabouts and photographs circulated on social media.

Her family and friends had searched for her at Mantsoe's Sandton apartment but he had allegedly told them that he had not seen Mokoena since their break-up earlier in April.
The married father of three was in a romantic relationship with Mokoena since October 2016.  Mantsoe was estranged from his wife.

Mokoena at some stage laid a charge of assault against Mantsoe, who in turn filed a counter charge of assault. 

Mantsoe has denied killing Mokoena, but during the bail application had admitted to disposing her body.

CCTV footage from Mantsoe's apartment allegedly showed that they had been together on the night Mokoena went missing. 

Mantsoe previously testified that when he returned home on April 28 he found her dead on the floor. He said he assumed that she had committed suicide.

Fearing that people would blame him for her death as he had a history of being physical with her, he claimed that he panicked and doused her body with pool acid and petrol. He said he had placed a tyre around her neck and set her body alight so that nothing could be traced to him.

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