Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Mochudi family suspects ritual murder of their relative

In yet another case, police are on a manhunt that might be linked to an alleged ritual murder of a 40-year-old woman who was decapitated.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard, family spokesperson, Rebecca Setlhabi, said, “It was on the 19th of February this year when my aunt Magdalene Mathema Sebatana mysteriously went missing.”
She said on the day in question, she went outside to take a bath and never returned, only to be found dead recently and in a bad state of decomposing.

She said what disturbed her most was the fact that on the 27th of April this year she phoned the deceased’s cell phone and a lady answered the phone in which they exchanged words and the phone was then cut.

She said after the conversation, she went to the police and reported but the police took her lightly.

Setlhabi said on Sunday evening, the police asked them to accompany them to a crime scene to identify the deceased, and she positively identified her.

She said the body was probably dumped, half naked, near Mochudi Trade Fair Grounds, near a rock, while the head was separated from the body.

“How did the head get separated from the body?” she asked.
She is suspicious about the circumstances surrounding her aunt’s death.

Another relative, Gosia Letshole, said, “As the family, we are not really happy about the conduct in which the matter was investigated from the very beginning.”

He said the police did not follow up on the information that they gave them that someone was using the deceased’s cellphone, adding that the police were reluctant to trace who was using the phone.

“It is very disappointing to get such kind of treatment from the people in whose hands we put our trust,” said Letsholo.

He shared the same sentiments with Rebecca that their aunt’s death is very suspicious and revealed that police had not yet informed them about the post mortem report.

The station commander of Mochudi police station, Assistant Superintendent Kealotswe, told Sunday Standard in a brief interview that they were still investigating the matter.

The deceased will be buried today (Sunday).


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