Christmas murder accused remains behind bars

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SABRINA DEAN – The case against a parolee accused of murdering a 10-year-old Bluegumbosch girl on Christmas Day has been postponed to January 5.

Police spokesperson Mmako Mophiring says Tshepo Mosikili, also known as Daniel Valentino, appeared briefly in the Makwane Magistrate’s Court yesterday. He says the suspect remains in custody and adds it is unlikely bail will be granted if Mosikili brings an application.

The suspect was arrested on Saturday after a tip-off. He was found hiding in a dog kennel at a home near a shopping complex.

Mophiring menwhile says they are still awaiting the results of a post mortem to determine whether or not the little girl was raped.

He also confirmed there are two outstanding cases against Mosikili, namely a rape in Tseki and a case of malicious damage to property in Phuthaditjhaba, both dating back to 2013.

Mophiring says it is not yet clear as to how Mosikili got parole and when exactly he was released. He was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment in 1999.

According to a statement, the girl’s body was found in a water basin in the suspect’s bathroom on Christmas day.

The girl was at home with her younger brother and grandmother while her mother was at church. She was later reported missing.

The community of Bluegumbosch pointed out that a parolee was living in the neighbourhood and went to his rented RDP house with the police, where the child’s body was discovered.