Friday, 01 November 2019
Odendaalsrus: The Cluster Commander of Welkom, Major General Lerato Molale, has welcomed a 20 year sentenced for a murderer. The murderer attacked friends who were drinking at the tavern, earlier this year.
He further applauded the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Marlene Scott, for an outstanding job and thorough investigation she conducted to ensure that justice is served.
On Sunday 17 February 2019, Godfrey Kojoano  and his two friends were sitting in front of Buti’s tavern; in Kutloanong, drinking together.
Lucky Karedi  confronted the trio and alleged that he also bought beer and gave it to Godfrey. The trio refused to allow him to drink with them. He became aggressive and left. He returned later holding a knife.
One of the friends tried to prevent him from injuring someone, while trying to prevent him from hurting anyone, Lucky stabbed him on the right shoulder in the process.
He further went on to stab Godfrey in the chest. Godfrey tried to remove the knife from his chest but the handle broke off. Lucky then fled the scene.
Godfrey Kojoane was declared dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Lucky was arrested later the same day by Odendaalsrus SAPS members.
On the 09 October 2019, Lucky Karedi was found guilty as charged. He was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for murder and 5 years imprisonment for attempted murder.
The sentences were handed over by the Odendaalsrus Regional court.