Two suspects in court over charred body

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On Wednesday 30 September 2020 the 38-year-old Pule Marasi  and 31-year-old Dimakatso Matsabu made a brief appearance before the Meloding Magistrate’s court on a charge of murder.

The two suspects are accused of the murder of 38-year-old Osondo Sylvanus Emwerem, a Nigerian national who was reported missing on 27 August 2020. According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, it is alleged Enwerem went to Sloja in Meloding to meet up with Matsabu, one of his regular female clients.

“On arrival, Enwerem found Matsabu together with two other males. A quarrel ensued between Enwerem and the two males, after which they allegedly assaulted and killed Enwerem, wrapped his body in a curtain and drove to Hennenman in his black Kia Picanto, where they bought petrol at one of the filling stations,” said Makhele.

It is alleged that the suspects then drove to a railway line between Kroonstad and Hennenman where they burnt the victim’s body before fleeing the scene in the victim’s car. The two suspects then stole items from the deceased’s vehicle before abandoning it at one of the hostels in Meloding.

Emwerem’s body was discovered on 8 September 2020 by a passing train driver who alerted the railway security. The railway security then summoned the Hennenman Police. According to Makhele a case of murder was registered for further investigation.

The two suspects were arrested on 27 September 2020 after Welkom Public Order Police members followed up on intelligence driven information. “During the investigation, items stolen from the deceased car were recovered at one of the suspects’ house.

Malehola Marasi (59), the mother of one of the suspects, who was found at the premises, was arrested and charged with possession of suspected stolen property. She appeared at the Virginia Magistrate’s Court on 1 October 2020 and released on warning to appear again on 14 October 2020,” concluded Makhele.

The murder case against the duo was postponed to Tuesday 6 October 2020 for investigation.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za