Three FS Preller murder suspects to know their fate today

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The Bloemfontein Magistrate’s court is expected to deliver judgment in the bail hearing of the three accused in the murder case of local businessman, Louis Siemens. Two policemen and a local businessman will today know whether they will be granted bail or will have to sit behind bars much longer than expected until the trial kicks off.

Stanley Bakili, a Bayswater’s police detective, Mogoera Molebatsi, and the court orderly, Kagiso Chabane, have been detained at Bainsvlei and Grootvlei prisons respectively since late last year following their arrest in May and August. Magistrate Marlene Marais adjourned the court on Friday to 29 January 2019 after a series of court adjournments in the bail hearing of the three accused.

The case has also seen at least five arrests of the suspects linked to the murder of Siemens. Bayswater police captain, Moeketsi Lesia, was arrested just a few days after testifying in favour of Molebatsi. This was followed the damming testimony of Captain Cathrine Oosthuizen of the Bloemspruit Free State Detective Division who testified against Bakili, saying he was a flight risk and would do everything possible evade his trial if granted bail.

Earlier the crime analyst from the FS crime centre, Karin Jacobs, revealed a web of a possible crimes being committed by a mob in Mangaung. On Friday, however, Jacobs was met by a barrage of constant criticism by the legal team about details contained in her affidavit concerning the three suspects linked to the murder. This led to legal representatives of the accused, Stanely Bakili, Mogoera Molebatsi and Kagiso Chabane respectively, putting it to Jacobs that she was biased and had an emotional interest in the case. – Lucky Nkuyane
lucky@centralmediagroup.co.za