South Africa 9.6.2015 12:29 pm

Alleged arsonists in court for tripple murder

Fire fighters extinguishing the fire at the Teaspoon and Tankard restaurant. Picture: Krugersdorp News.

Fire fighters extinguishing the fire at the Teaspoon and Tankard restaurant. Picture: Krugersdorp News.

Two men accused of setting alight a house in which three people died appeared in the Bafokeng Magistarte’s Court near Rustenburg on Tuesday.

The two apparently petrol bombed the house while an eight-month-old baby was among the three people who died after the fire.

The case against Nicholas ‘Molefe’ Ntsimane, 38, and Letlhogonolo Mokgofa, 30, was postponed to June 18, for bail application and to enable the accused to appoint a legal representative.

Ntsimane told the court he could not contact his lawyer because the investigating officer took his cellphone.

“The investigating officer told me I will have access to my cellphone and I will be able to contact my lawyer to represent me in the bail application,” Ntsimane said.

His co-accused, Mokgofa would be represented by an attorney from the Legal Aid, the lawyer was not in court because of mid year examination.

The two allegedly petrol bombed a house in Bester, Tlhabane on May 16.

Kealeboga Segopa, 30, her daughter Kaboyaona, eight months-old, and her mother Mmapula, 55, died on arrival at a local hospital after they inhaled smoke.

The three were pulled out of the burning house by neighbours.

Ntsimane was arrested on May 29, for armed robbery and hijacking case, in which he allegedly robbed an off-duty policeman of his service pistol and drove off with his car in Tlhabane on December 15.

Detective found during questioning that he was allegedly directly linked to the murder of the Segopa family.

Ntsimane is a close relative to the family. He was allegedly found in possession of a firearm and eight rounds of live ammunition. His co-accused, Letlhogonolo Mokgofa, was arrested on May 30, in Tlhabane West. He was allegedly found in possession of a revolver and three rounds of live ammunition.

On Tuesday, eight armed correctional officers escorted the two to court and they stood guard on strategic points in the courtroom as they appeared.

They have been charged with three counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, arson, possession of illegal firearms and live ammunition, and malicious damage to property.

 

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