Monday, 25 November 2019
Kroonstad: The fourth accused in the murder of Noliqwa Regina Gabuza (66) and her son Sephiri Aldries Thooe (39); Thabosi Makha (33), was on the 21 November 2019; sentenced by the High Court in Kroonstad to life imprisonment on two counts of murder and 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances.
This follows the sentencing of a 32-year-old Constable Diphaphang Mokwena who was attached to Welkom Flying Squad (10111) to serve 30 years imprison for two counts of murder and 15 years for robbery on the 18 November 2019.
The third accused; Martin Sebetoane Pule (35), was sentenced in October 2018 to 23 years imprisonment on two counts of murder and 12 years for robbery. The other accused died in prison after he was poisoned whilst awaiting trial.
Their sentence follows an incident where on the 01 October 2018 Constable Mokwena; who was on duty at the time, orchestrated a plan to have his aunt murdered, and together with his three co-accused went to Kroonstad to carry the evil deed after he informed the commander that his child was in hospital.
In the first attempt, he took his nephew along to the shop so as to make way for his accomplices to do the evil deed unhindered. The accused strangled the aunt and left her unconscious thinking she was dead. Const Mokoena returned from the shop and dropped his nephew at the gate and left, only to discover that the aunt didn’t die.
Together with his accomplices, they returned to Kroonstad and arrived and killed both the aunt and the nephew by slitting their throats. Investigation led to the arrest of the Constable who then took police to Winburg where his accomplices were arrested.
Stolen TV, DVD, Cellphone and 3 blankets were also recovered.