Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Bloemfontein: Moleboheng Precious Mohasoa (29);  a former police official attached to the Protection and Security Services (PSS), along with Innocent Paki Kompi (31) and Napo Moses Mohasoa (33), appeared before the Bloemfontein Regional Court yesterday; 22 February 2021, for sentencing on drug-related charges.

Their conviction emanates from the incident which took place in November 2016, where the trio coerced a victim to assist them in manufacturing drugs. The victim who was a chemistry student at the University of Free State later reported the matter to the police after he escaped from the house where he had been kept against his will.

A search and seizure operation was conducted by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation team at the premises were the victim was kept. The trio were arrested at the premises for kidnapping and possession of drugs which were also found concealed in the safe.

The court convicted them on 28 January 2021 and they were sentenced to 15 years on a count of kidnapping and 12 months on the drug dealing count. They will effectively serve 16 years direct imprisonment.