- A Free State man has been sentenced to 24 years for murder.
- The murder happened in Ficksburg in 2018.
- The accused attempted to sell the body parts in Lesotho.
A Free State man has been handed a hefty sentence after he was found to have killed a man, later selling his body parts.
The Bethlehem Magistrate's Court found Mdaki Joseph Tladi guilty of the 2018 murder of a man in Ficksburg, said police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele.
"On 30 June 2018, 37-year-old Pius Maqala Tshabalala's body was found by the community on the outskirts of Zone 7 in Meqheleng. The deceased sustained stab wounds, with his throat slit and missing body parts," said Makhele.
After the gruesome discovery, police launched an investigation, and Detective Sergeant Mohlomi Mofolo received information that the killer was seen selling human body parts.
He was reported to have crossed the Caledon River illegally to Lesotho, where it was suspected he sold the body parts to a dealer, said Makhele.
"A year later, Detective Sergeant Mofolo received information that the suspect came back to visit his mother in Zone 6, where he was subsequently arrested. He was remanded in custody until he was found guilty of premeditated murder," said Makhele.
On Tuesday, Tladi was sentenced to 24 years' imprisonment for murder. He was also declared unfit to own a firearm.
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