A convicted rapist and murderer declared in court that he had not sexually assaulted the child but that he had used drugs to become high and that demonic spirits had instructed him to kill her.
In a judgment handed down by the Pretoria High Court, Moses Makoso, 31, was sentenced to two life terms and ten years direct imprisonment for premeditated murder, rape, and kidnapping of a six-year-old girl, as well obstruction of justice.
The matter relates to an incident which occurred on April 29, 2021, when Mokoto saw a little girl and her brother and his friend picking wild cucumbers in the bush near his house.
Makoso called three children to his house and told them to go home and put on shoes. He stayed behind with the third child, who was a girl.
He then led a little girl to the bushes where he raped and strangled her to death. He then set her body on fire.
The two boys went to Makoso’s house and found no one there. They told the aunt of the young girl what had happened. Later that day, the aunt reported the child missing to the police.
The community and the child’s family searched for the missing child together. The next day confronted Makoso at his house and handed him over to the police.
Following his arrest on May 1, 2021, Makoso confessed to killing the child and setting her body alight. He then pointed out to cops the spot where he disposed of her body.
In the pre-sentence report read by the probation officer in court, Makoso denied raping the child, but said that when he committed the other offences, he was under the influence of drugs and that evil spirits told him to kill the minor.
The State Advocate, Thembile Nyakama, told the court that Makoso showed no remorse as he continued to deceive the court about what transpired that day. He did not take the court to its confidence.
“Makoso captured a child and killed her, but we don’t know for how long. The child probably spent her last moments before she died in fear,” said Nyakama.
She asked the court that since kidnapping was done for his own sexual fulfillment, the judge should impose punishment stipulated by the law.
The judge agreed with the state that Makoso was not remorseful for his actions.
“The man killed a child because she wanted to go home, and he only wanted to be sentenced because he wasn’t getting enough food where he was waiting for his trial. The sentence given was appropriate,” said the judge.