Hefty sentences for Lephalale farm attackers

Hefty sentences for Lephalale farm attackers

The Limpopo Division of the High Court has delivered hefty sentences for the two of the five accused in the murder of a 57-year-old farm owner, Hedrick Peterson.

Phuti Phineas Molongoane (39) was sentenced to life in prison and 15 years for housebreaking with an intent to commit robbery with aggravating circumstances yesterday.

He was further sentenced to 5 years for the possession of an illegal firearm. Both sentences will run concurrently.

His co-accused Thapelo Nickel Motsamai (25) was sentenced to 15 years in jail for housebreaking with an intent to commit robbery and aggravating circumstances. His sentences will also run concurrently.

Three other suspects in the matter will learn their fate today.

The five men attacked and severely injured Peterson on his farm in Afuguns, outside Lephalale, in 2017.

The victim was severely assaulted with various objects and was later discovered and rushed to hospital by a relative, where he was certified dead upon arrival. 

His assailants took Peterson’s two riffles, cellphones and other valuables and then fled the scene in his white Isuzu bakkie. 

The police immediately launched a manhunt and the suspects were arrested months later. – Report by Mahlatse Phaladi @Guru_Mahlatse

Limpopo police constable shoots family before killing herself

Limpopo police constable shoots family before killing herself

A 34-year-old female constable stationed at Lephalale SAPS, in Limpopo, has shot and killed her husband.

She also wounded her teenage daughter before turning a gun on herself.

According to the police, the constable had had an argument with her 34-year-old husband before fatally shooting him nine times with a service pistol at Kloppenheim, in Onverwacht.

She then left for Mokopane to an area called Ga-Mokaba and burnt their house. She later called the police, informing them about the shooting and promised to hand herself over. However, she instead drove to Nellmapius Section in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, where she shot her 17-year-old daughter, before turning the gun on herself.

She succumbed to the self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Her daughter, who is in matric, survived the incident.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has opened an inquest into the matter. – Report by Ratlou Mabula