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Lephalale farm murderers got hefty jail sentences

Polokwane High Court in Limpopo has sent two farm killers, also involved in a series of crimes to jail for a long time.

Phuti Phineas Molangoane (39) was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and fifteen years each for housebreaking with the intent to commit robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

He was further sentenced to five years imprisonment for possession of unlicensed firearm.

The five and 15-years sentences will run concurrently.

Molangoane’s co-accused, Thapelo Nickel Motsamai (25) (pictured below) was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment each for housebreaking with intend to commit robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances. Both sentences will run concurrently.

The court has on Monday, handed down hefty sentences to the pair following an incident which happened in the early hours of February 6, 2017. Together with their accomplices, the duo attacked and severely beat up a 57- years -old Hendrick Peter Peterson at his at Afuguns, Sumadi farm outside Lephalale.

Police said Peterson was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said four suspects including Motsamai and Molangoane were arrested several months later, adding that the fifth suspect, Philip Modime, was on the run.

“During the trial, the four suspects were granted bail. One of the suspect, Justice Rasodi (38)  who was the driver of the car used during the crime had turned a state witness but didn’t honour his bail conditions.

Brigadier Mojapelo said few months later police cornered Rasodi at Modimolle. He was in the company of Modime.

“A shootout ensured between the police and the duo. Modime was fatally wounded,” said Brigadier.

He said when police arrested, Rasodi it was discovered that he committed a house robbery in Seshego including a series of other crimes whilst on bail.

Rasodi’s trial is expected to begin on October 15, 2020.

He will face a series of charges ranging from murder, possession of suspected motor vehicle, house robbery, theft to burglaries committed in Villa Nora, Modimolle, Seshego and Lephalale while he was out on bail.

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