Seven-year-old girl murdered allegedly by her mother’s ex-boyfriend

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Tebogo Msimanga |

Police in Letlhabile, in North West Province, arrested a 51-year-old man in connection with the kidnapping and murder of his ex-girlfriend’s seven-year-old daughter on Thursday, 24 June 2021.

The suspect’s arrest came after the seven-year-old girl’s half-naked body was found with visible head injuries in the bushes at Letlhabile on Thursday, 24 June 2021.

Colonel Amanda Funani of the North West Police said according to information at their disposal, Keitumetse Tumelo was last seen getting off a taxi on Tuesday, 22 June 2021. “However, she did not arrive home and her mother, with the assistance of neighbours, searched everywhere, but the search did not yield results.”

Funani added that the young girl’s mother reported the matter to the police who registered a missing person enquiry on Tuesday night.  “A thorough police investigations led to questioning and subsequent arrest of Keitumetse’s mother’s ex-boyfriend after being linked to the crime.”

Funani further said as part of an investigation, a post-mortem will be conducted to determine the cause of the young girl’s death. “An additional rape charge might be added to the charges after post-mortem results.  Investigation into the matter continues.”

The suspect is expected to appear in the Brits Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 29 June 2021. He could not appear on Friday, 25 June 2021 due to the covid -19 case that was reported at that court.

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