Stolen antique gramophone takes centre stage in murder trial

2017-02-15 13:58
Murdered Midrand marketing and advertising consultant Thabo Seutloadi. (Supplied)

Murdered Midrand marketing and advertising consultant Thabo Seutloadi. (Supplied)

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

Johannesburg – A stolen antique gramophone took centre stage on Tuesday in the murder trial of two men accused of killing a Midrand marketing and advertising consultant.

The body of Thabo Seutloadi, 42, was found in the bath at his home on September 3, 2014, Netwerk24 reported.

Two men, Lucky Ratabane, 38, and Moses Nxumalo, 35, are facing charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and malicious damage to property in the High Court in Johannesburg. They have pleaded not guilty.

They were arrested on September 29, 2015.

According to the charge sheet, Seutloadi died on September 2, 2014. He had fought back when the suspects tied his hands and feet with wire hangers and cables, the charge sheet reads.

"The suspects also tied wire and cords around the victim's neck."

Seutloadi was left in the bath while his attackers loaded their loot into a car. It included an antique gramophone, two TVs, a sound system, an iPad, an iPod and a MacBook computer.

The suspects had apparently left the items at a "safe place" and set fire to the car.

Girlfriend accused of payback

Although the gramophone, which Seutloadi had bought in India, was never found, Ratabane's ex-girlfriend testified that she'd seen it and a "slim TV" in his room in September or October 2014.

Alice Molefe, 26, testified that she and Ratabane had been in a relationship between 2012 and September 2014. They have a 4-year-old child together.

She said Ratabane had lost his job midway through 2014 and all of a sudden he had a TV set and an antique gramophone in his room.

She knew he hadn't bought them because there were no boxes. Ratabane "normally keeps the boxes when he buys something new".

Ratabane's lawyer, Advocate Johan Wiehahn, kept coming back to the dates and said: "You couldn't have seen the items, because my client says you ended the relationship in January 2014."

However, she stuck to September 2014.

Wiehahn also said Molefe was testifying against Ratabane because he had cheated on her, but she denied this.

The case continues.

Read more on:    johannesburg  |  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

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/Sport
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
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.