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Free State man wanted for murders, rape nearly two years ends in arrest

by Thato Setilo
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By Thato Setilo – Free State police have finally apprehended a suspect wanted in connection with two murders, attempted murder and rape.

Nearly two years later the man (32) was arrested on the alleged crimes committed at a house he orchestrated as his hideout.

Police spokesperson Sergeant Mahlomola Kareli stated in November 2021 that the suspect went to a local tavern in Botshabelo to meet a 29-year-old female friend.

“He called her to his vehicle and [allegedly] ended up forcing himself on her. He let the victim go, who went straight to the local police and opened a case of rape.

“On February 20 2022 at about 1.50am, a 37-year-old was at a tavern in Section A, Botshabelo, and met the suspect, who took out a firearm and [allegedly] started shooting. The victim was shot in the head, neck and chest and died at the scene.”

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Kareli added that an hour later the suspect allegedly targeted and ambushed a married couple who were at the same tavern as they arrived home.

He and a friend then allegedly fired gunshots at the 30-year-old man as well as his 28-year- old wife.

“The husband suffered gunshot wounds to the head and stomach and was declared dead at the scene. The female survived with gunshot wounds to the body.”

“The suspect managed to evade arrest but was finally arrested after the Selosesha tactical response team received intelligence-led information on his whereabouts. He was found hiding at a house in Thaba Nchu on May 9.”

According to Kareli, the man would appear in court on Thursday on rape and murder charges.




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