Grisly details in murder trial
A POLICE officer who investigated a double murder case in Qacha’s Nek yesterday narrated to the High Court how he discovered two dead bodies whose throats had been slit three years ago.
Sergeant Charles Moloinyane was testifying in a case in which Lebohang Pitso of Qacha’s Nek, is facing double murder charges for allegedly killing ‘Mamoloko Seeiso (90) and her grandson Mosiuoa (7) in September 2013. Sergeant Moloinyane told the court that on 25 September 2013, he was on duty at Sekake Police Station when he received a report that a crime had been committed at Ha-‘matsa in Qacha’s Nek.
“We attended the scene and upon arrival we got into a rondavel house in which we found two dead bodies lying in a pool of blood,” Sergeant Moloinyane said.
“I discovered that ‘m’e ‘Mamoloko’s throat was slit and part of the skin on the right side of the head was removed.
“The small boy’s throat was also cut and we took both corpses to Machabeng Government Hospital’s mortuary,” he said.
He said the investigations revealed that Pitso was the culprit, “but we could not find him at the time at his place.”
“We sent messages to all police stations in the country in search of him and he was later arrested in Semonkong.
“He told us that he kept some of the items that included the head skin of ‘m’e ‘Mamoloko and the knives he used to commit the offence in Carletonville, South Africa.”
“Upon arriving at Carletonville he took us to a shack that he said belonged to him.
“In the shack he pointed at the roofs where the skin was hanging with a knife, while another knife was put on the table. He told us he used the two knives to commit the offence,” he said.
Sergeant Moloinyane said Pitso narrated to the police how he killed the deceased.
“He said he got into the house and found the old lady sleeping. He went to her and cut her throat and removed part of the skin on the head.
“He then proceeded to the boy after suspecting that the boy might have recognised him and he also cut off his throat.”
The case was postponed to 28 November 2016.
The case is before Justice ‘Maseshophe Hlajoane and Advocate Moletsane Lenono is prosecutor.