Stepson in court for NWest funeral parlour owners death

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A man who raped and killed a Robertson woman was sentenced to life in jail by the Western Cape High Court on Thursday, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

RUSTENBURG – The stepson of a funeral parlour owner and three other men were arrested in connection with her murder in Taung, North West police said on Tuesday.

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Lieutenant Colonel Pelonomi Makau said Joel Tumo Phatudi, 39, Zwelinzima Mohapi, 23, Olebogeng Mgijima, 25, and Lebogang Serei, 40, were arrested in Rooiwal near Taung on 14 June and 15 June respectively in connection with the murder of Kgomotso Serei.

Serei was gunned down in her funeral parlour on 25 May after Phatudi, Mohapi and Mgijima entered the funeral parlour and demanded.

An argument ensued between them and Serei. She was shot dead and the three run away.

“They appeared in the Taung Magistrate’s Court on Monday [19 June 2017] and were remanded in custody. They will appear again on 26 June 2017 for further investigation,” said Lt-Col Makau.

She said preliminary investigations revealed that Lebogang Serei, the fourth accused, who is the deceased stepson, was alleged to be behind his stepmother’s murder. He was also arrested on 16 June.

The stepson allegedly hired three accomplices to help kill Serei, when he failed to pay the hitmen, they spill the beans.

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