04 September 2019

Zastron: Thabang Tall Shale (31) have been handed a hefty sentence by Bloemfontein High Court seating in Zastron for kidnapping, rape and murder of a nine year- old girl.

The incident happened on 09 March 2019 in Matlakeng; Zastron; Free State. The body of the nine year old was recovered on 10 March 2019, dumped near a railway line after Police together with the community launched a manhunt.

The accused was arrested same day and he later confessed to raping and murdering the victim. He also pleaded guilty in Court.

On count 1(kidnapping), the accused was sentenced to three years imprisonment, on count 2(rape) and on count 3 (murder); he was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The Cluster Commander of Smithfield; Colonel Ngoma Guma, has welcomed the harsh sentence and applauded Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences (FCS) Unit for their relentless efforts that ensured justice was served for the family of the deceased.

He further condemned all violence against members of the community especially women and children.