Boyfriend in the dock

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A MAN who killed his girl­friend be­fore he burnt and buried her body in his back­yard briefly ap­peared in the Moretele Mag­is­trate’s Court in Ham­man­skraal yes­ter­day to ap­ply for bail. Thabo James Dube, 38, who is ac­cused of killing the mother of his young child, had pre­vi­ously aban­doned his bail ap­pli­ca­tion. Dube looked straight at the mag­is­trate and avoided eye con­tact with the peo­ple packed in the pub­lic gallery dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings. He was ar­rested af­ter he con­fessed to killing Meisie Molefe on Oc­to­ber 6, po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Kay Makhubele ear­lier said. Dube took po­lice to the spot where he al­legedly buried the 36-year-old woman. Her re­mains were ex­humed. Dube re­ported Molefe as miss­ing on Oc­to­ber 26, and turned him­self in three months later. Makhubele said he con­fessed to hit­ting her on the head with an ob­ject, and when he re­alised he had killed her, he dragged her into the back­yard to bury her. He used petrol, oil and wood to set her alight. The de­ceased was burnt be­yond recog­ni­tion. The fam­ily were still await­ing the DNA re­sults of her re­mains yes­ter­day. Molefe, who was a bread­win­ner, had three chil­dren aged 12, eight and two. She also looked af­ter her two broth­ers, one of whom is dis­abled, and who are now or­phaned. The gov­ern­ment has of­fered to as­sist the fam­ily and en­sure that the chil­dren are taken care of. The case was post­poned to Fe­bru­ary 9 when Dube is ex­pected to launch a new bail ap­pli­ca­tion. – ANA

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