I don’t want bail, says girl­friend’s ‘killer’

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - VIRGILATTE GWANGWA

THE man ac­cused of killing his girl­friend and bury­ing her in his back­yard has said he does not want to ap­ply for bail.

He made his first ap­pear­ance at the Moretele Mag­is­trate’s Court in Temba yes­ter­day, where he is fac­ing a charge of mur­der.

The man had handed him­self in and con­fessed to killing his 36-year-old girl­friend Meisie Molefe last year.

But Molefe’s aunt, Letta Mok­gage, said: “We do not want him in jail, we want him out.”

She said she wanted Dube to get free bail so he could take care of his 3-year-old daugh­ter.

“If he could kill the child’s mother then he must have had a plan to take care of their child,” Mok­gage said.

The ac­cused had hurt the en­tire fam­ily badly, she said.

They were in shock and dis­be­lief when he handed him­self over to the po­lice last week, she said.

“We have asked him nu­mer­ous times about Meisie’s where­abouts but he in­sisted that she went to her ‘peo­ple’ while he knows that he killed her,” she said.

Thabo Dube, 37, handed him­self in at the Temba po­lice sta­tion last Thurs­day, and con­fessed to hav­ing mur­dered, burnt and buried his girl­friend in his Stinkwa­ter, Ham­man­skraal, back­yard.

He had re­ported his girl­friend (Molefe) miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 27 last year and said she went miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 8.

Three months later, he de­cided to con­fess to what had re­ally hap­pened to his girl­friend. He told po­lice that they had had an ar­gu­ment on Oc­to­ber 6, and said he had hit her with a steel ob­ject which killed her.

He then dragged her to the back­yard, burnt the body and tossed it in a hole at around 1am. He said he used petrol and oil to burn her.

Foren­sics be­gan the ex­huma­tion of the body on Thurs­day af­ter­noon with no luck. They con­tin­ued on Fri­day morn­ing and dis­cov­ered Molefe’s burnt re­mains in the af­ter­noon.

The court hear­ing was post­poned to Mon­day.

PICTURES: THOBILE MATHONSI

‘I KILLED HER’: Thabo Dube, 37, is ac­cused of mur­der­ing his girl­friend Meisie Molefe.

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