Bot­sha­belo mur­der ac­cused aban­dons her bail ap­pli­ca­tion

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

A WOMAN from Bot­sha­belo, about 65km east of Bloem­fontein, has aban­doned her bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Joyce Sehloho, 18, ap­peared be­fore the Bot­sha­belo Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, fac­ing the charge of mur­der­ing her five­year­old nephew.

Sehloho was ar­rested about two weeks ago and she first ap­peared in court last week Mon­day when her case was post­poned to this week for a for­mal bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

How­ever, she aban­doned the ap­pli­ca­tion and opted to re­main in cus­tody.

The ANCWL joined the pub­lic pick­et­ing out­side the court house, de­mand­ing that the court not grant bail to the sus­pect.

The case has been post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 9 for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Spokesper­son for the po­lice, Sgt Martin Xuma, said the sus­pect was traced to and ar­rested in Wepener, af­ter the body of a boy was found in­side a refuse bag in Sec­tion F.

“Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed the body was that of a five­year­old boy who was re­ported miss­ing the pre­vi­ous day dur­ing the school’s re­open­ing,” Xuma said.

He said while at the crime scene, the po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the case and went to the house not far from the crime scene.

“Upon search­ing the house we found drops of blood on the floor of the bed­room be­long­ing to the sus­pect and we were told that she’d gone to Wepener.

“We then fol­lowed her and found her in pos­ses­sion of two tow­els with blood­stains sus­pected to be the blood of the vic­tim,” Xuma said. He said that all the col­lected ev­i­dence had been sent to the foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and anal­y­sis.

The de­ceased and the sus­pect’s grand­fa­ther, Daniel Sehloho, said they did not know the rea­son that made Sehloho aban­don her bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

“We don’t know the rea­son why she aban­doned the bail ap­pli­ca­tion, since she wanted to be re­leased but we are still dev­as­tated, es­pe­cially me.” the man said.

“She was close to me and even last year when she was go­ing to school camps I used to ac­com­pany her,” Daniel said.

He said the boy had just started his Grade R at the school and he only at­tended on the first day be­fore he died.

“On the day he went miss­ing, his mother asked me if I had left with him. I told her that he was still play­ing with the other chil­dren.

“We then started look­ing for him and looked un­til mid­night and in the morn­ing while we were still won­der­ing, I was called by a neigh­bour to go to an­other street where there was a refuse bag torn apart, cov­er­ing a body and upon ar­rival it was his body in­side,” Daniel said.

The pre­school’s fo­rum leader, Raphael Modise, said they joined the pick­et­ing out­side the Bot­sha­belo Mag­is­trate’s Court also de­mand­ing that the sus­pect should not be given bail.

“Chil­dren are our fu­ture, there­fore they must be pro­tected al­ways, that is the rea­son why we have crèches in each town or in ru­ral towns.

“We want the law to take its course and we will al­ways be here un­til the last sit­ting of the court, the sen­tenc­ing,” Modise said.

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