Domestic worker, co-accused in the murder of Ocean Basket owner denied bail

Lizette Deacon, 55, and her mother, Hettie Deacon, 70.
Lizette Deacon, 55, and her mother, Hettie Deacon, 70.
Netwerk24

Two of the four suspects who are accused of murdering a Polokwane Ocean Basket owner and her elderly mother have been denied bail.

Domestic worker Sophy Mmako and Casper Mudau appeared at the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

"The Presiding Officer Ms Janine Ungerer said that Zimbabwean Casper Mudau might evade trial as he is in the country illegally. And Sophy is a flight risk as she has provided the police with more than two addresses," said regional National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi.

The two, along with Abibi Hamid and Lazarus Mahlo, faced charges of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping after Hettie and Lizette Deacon were found stabbed to death in Welgelegen last month.

READ | Two of four accused of killing Ocean Basket owner abandon bail bids

Their bodies were allegedly found tied up in the back of their SUV.

Netwerk24 previously reported that Mmako had worked for Hettie for the past 24 years, while Mahlo had until recently worked at one of Lizette's Ocean Basket branches.

The cause of death was found to be suffocation following autopsies, it reported. 

Malabi-Dzhangi said the case had been postponed to 30 November for further investigations.


Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Who do you think is going to win the 2020 US election?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Biden is going to take it
47% - 8342 votes
It's four more years for Trump
53% - 9489 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
16.23
(-0.08)
ZAR/GBP
21.13
(+0.17)
ZAR/EUR
19.18
(+0.15)
ZAR/AUD
11.57
(-0.03)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(+0.17)
Gold
1904.25
(+0.32)
Silver
24.35
(-0.31)
Platinum
878.00
(-1.81)
Brent Crude
41.25
(0.00)
Palladium
2380.50
(+0.06)
All Share
54938.42
(-0.72)
Top 40
50357.64
(-0.66)
Financial 15
10615.41
(-1.62)
Industrial 25
74456.61
(-0.60)
Resource 10
52341.26
(-0.42)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo