Free State man sentenced to 24 years in jail for murder, attempt to sell body parts!

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Bethlehem -The Bethlehem Magistrate Court has penned down a 24 years jail time for the suspect implicated in the brutal murder of a victim.

The conviction follows ruthless killing of a victim, whose body parts were cutoff, as he alleged to sell them to a local community and across the border in Lesotho.

Mdaki Joseph Tladi was found guilty of the murder of Pius Maqala Tshabalala, 37, in the Bethlehem Magistrates court where he appeared to hear his fate on Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said that the local community had found Tshabalala’s body on the outskirts of Zone Seven in Meqheleng on 30 June 2018.

He said the victim had sustained stab wounds, his throat had been slit and several body parts were missing.

Detective Sergeant Mohlomi Mofolo says he received a tip-off amid the murder suspect that has been seen selling human body parts around the area.

It is further reported that he attempted to cross the Caledon River illegally in to Lesotho, as according to the information received, he had accomplice body part dealer,” Makhele said.

However, Mofolo did not year later detective Mofolo received a information that the suspect came back to visit his mother in Zone Six and he managed to arrest him,” Makele said.

Makhele said, Tladi had been remanded in custody during his trail at which he was found guilty of premeditated murder.

A year later detective Mofolo received a information that the suspect came back to visit his mother in Zone 6 and he managed to arrest him,” Makele said.

Makhele elaborates that, Tladi has been kept police custody during his trail at which he was found guilty of premeditated murder.

He appeared in the Bethlehem Magistrates Court on Tuesday for sentencing for the murder.

Tladi is facing 24 years imprisonment for premeditated murder and the court ruled he is unfit to possess a firearm,” Makhele said.

Speaking to SAfm, Commander of harmful occult related crimes, Colonel Attie Lamprecht said: “These types of cases are merely registered as murder.”

“According to a report on human body part trafficking, it is difficult to determine how prevalent muti-killings or body parts trafficking is in South Africa,” Colonel Lamprecht adds.

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