Neigh­bour mur­der case post­poned

The New Age (Free State) - - NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­newage.co.za

THE case of a 23-year-old man from Bloe­manda near Bloem­fontein who al­legedly burnt his neigh­bour has been post­poned to next week Mon­day.

Katlego Selokoane briefly ap­peared in the Bloem­fontein Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day be­fore his case was post­poned for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Pro­vin­cial po­lice spokesper­son Col Thandi Mbambo said Selokoane was ar­rested for the mur- der of his 42-year-old neigh­bour whose burnt body was found in a dam.

She said the body that was found on Fri­day af­ter the sus­pect led the po­lice to where he had dumped the badly burnt body.

“He was ar­rested on Fri­day at his hid­ing place in Phase 9 be­fore lead­ing the po­lice to where he had dumped the body.

“At the stage we can­not re­veal the name of the de­ceased un­til DNA tests have con­firmed it’s her since the body was badly burnt,” Mbambo said.

She said the de­ceased was last seen last week on Mon­day night af­ter she went to con­front the man about a tree that was hang­ing over her Bloe­manda yard. “She told her chil­dren where she was go­ing and when she didn’t re­turn, her daugh­ter, 13, asked the neigh­bour where she was.

“He con­firmed that she had been there but said he had ac­com­pa­nied her back home. The mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and a miss­ing per­son’s docket was opened,” Mbambo said.

She said upon investigation of the neigh­bour’s yard, traces of blood and pos­si­ble hu­man flesh were found, as well as a burnt mat­tress and sam­ples that were re­ferred to the lab for foren­sic tests.

“At that time the neigh­bour was nowhere to be found and at­tempts to trace him proved fruit­less un­til Fri­day when he was traced to his hide­out in Phase 9,” Mbambo said.

A neigh­bour who wanted to re­main anony­mous said he saw the sus­pect burn­ing a mat­tress out­side the house but the smell was bad.

“I asked him what he was burn­ing that smells so badly and he told me to mind my own busi­ness,” the neigh­bour said.

Selokoane is fac­ing a mur­der charge.

At the stage we can­not re­veal the name of the de­ceased un­til DNA tests have con­firmed it’s her since the body was badly burnt

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