Assassin in Preller Square Shooting pleads guilty

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One of the men believed to have pulled the trigger and killed Louis Siemens earlier this year at Preller Square in Bloemfontein has pleaded guilty to the murder and been sentenced to 22 years in prison by the Free State High Court today.

The 39-year-old Xolisile Mbebetho was apprehended in Phahameng last month after being on the run since May 10, when Siemens was gunned down in the basement parking area of Preller Square.

He first appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on October 12 in a leg brace, where the matter was postponed.

During Mbebetho’s appearance, it was revealed that his life was in grave danger and his picture could not be taken by the media. The man, alleged to be from Port Elizabeth, was detained at a facility that was not disclosed in court at the time because of this.

OFM News reliably learned that the man, convicted of the murder today, was injured in an attempt on his life.

Meanwhile, the businessman Stanley Bakili, a detective from the Bayswater unit, Molebatsi Mogoera, and a court orderly, Kagiso Chabane, are set to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Olebogeng Motse / OFM News