Karabo Mokoena murder trial moved to high court

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Police say a young woman's burnt body was discovered on the 29th of April, a day after Karabo Mokoena was reported missing.

JOHANNESBURG – Sandile Mantsoe is expected to appear in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday for a pre-trial conference in the murder trial of his girlfriend Karabo Mokoena.

Mantsoe allegedly killed Mokoena, burnt her body and buried her in a shallow grave.

In August, he briefly appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court where the matter was transferred to the South Gauteng High Court for trial.

The 27-year-old father of three has been behind bars for about three months.

The forex trader is facing charges of premeditated murder, assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm and defeating the ends of justice.

Mantsoe denied killing his girlfriend but admits to disposing of her body.

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Mokoena was reported missing on 28 April and her photographs circulated on social media.

Her corpse was found the next day in a shallow grave and her family later reportedly said her body was burnt beyond recognition.

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On 30 June, Mantsoe was denied bail and Magistrate Carlo Labuschagne read into record while handing down his judgment that Mantsoe was facing charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice.

The charges constitute a schedule six criminal offence — which could result in life imprisonment if found guilty.

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The National Prosecuting Authority says Mantsoe confessed to the murder which was meant to sever a ritual blood tie but he later denied making the confession.

Labuschagne said that Mantsoe had wrongfully and intentionally burnt the body of Mokoena, cleaned the crime scene, and knew his actions would result in her body being burnt beyond recognition.

According to Mantsoe, she had previously taken pills and was saved by himself and a security guard, which was why he believed she had committed suicide.

Mantsoe saclaims he was the victim of abuse in the relationship, but Mokoena's family claims the married father of three frequently abused their daughter.