Neighbour arrested for alleged murder of a 6-year-old girl

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Tebogo Msimanga |

A 35-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday for allegedly killing a 6 year-old girl who was earlier reported missing from Phokoane village under Nebo policing area in Sekhukhune District.

The child, identified as Bokamoso Tjabadi, was reported missing on Sunday 29 August 2021 at about 20h00.

Limpopo Police Spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said the police immediately commenced with a search operation, assisted by community members. The operation was conducted throughout the night and covered the entire village without any success.

“On Monday 30 August 2021 at about 07h30, a decision was taken to search every house, starting with the neighbour’s house. One of the neighbours allegedly refused to grant anyone access to his house but entry was forcefully made.”

Mojapelo said the child was found dead in the house with no visible injuries. The suspect was immediately arrested.

The post mortem will be conducted to determine how the child was killed. The motive for this incident is unknown at this stage but the possibility of attempting to cover up another crime such as rape cannot be ruled out. Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has hailed this arrest. The suspect will appear in Nebo magistrate court soon. Police investigations are continuing.

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