A 32-year-old suspect appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday 18 May 2020 after allegedly hiring a hitman to kill his landlord and her son.
The man from Bangladesh, Sojol Khan, was arrested on Saturday 16 May 2020 after he had allegedly solicited to have his female landlord and her son murdered. He had placed a container which he used as a tuck shop in the yard of his landlord in Phase 6, Mangaung.
Khan was later released on R1 000 bail and is set to appear in court again on 2 July 2020.
According to a statement from the Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, the suspect had already paid R6 000 of the negotiated R12 000 for the killing of the son after he was made to believe that the deed had been completed. The suspect thereafter allegedly ordered that the mother should also be killed for the same amount.
The police were informed and a crime intelligence-led operation was launched while the suspect was kept under observation until he was arrested on Saturday.
Following the suspect’s release, the community went on a rampage and burnt his tuck shop. One person was arrested for possession of a firearm after he had allegedly fired a gun in an attempt to disperse the crowd. He will appear in court soon.
“People resorting to vigilantism will not be tolerated. We request the community to understand and respect court proceedings, thereby allowing the law to take its course,” said Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane.