Man arrested for the alleged murder of an elderly woman

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A 34-year-old suspect was arrested on Sunday, 6 February 2022, for allegedly killing a 67-year-old Galotlwaele Jaqueline Motabogi in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is alleged that the suspect forcefully gained entry through the kitchen door of the victim’s house in Kgomotso, near Vryburg and stole the keys of her Toyota Fortuner.

Colonel Amanda Funani of North West said reports state that the victim allegedly heard her vehicle’s engine running and went to investigate. “When the suspect saw the victim, he shot her and she was declared dead by Emergency Medical and Rescue Services (EMRS) on the scene.”

Funani added that the suspect fled the scene with the victim’s car. Subsequently to the shooting, the suspect escaped to hide in Pretoria and through the assistance of Gauteng police, he was traced and arrested.

“Police seized the Toyota Fortuner, five cellular phones as well as a hunting rifle. The suspect is expected to be transferred back to North West after appearing in Ga-Rankuwa Magistrates’ Court on Monday for possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle, possession of suspected stolen property and possession of an unlicensed firearm.”       

The Provincial Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena instructed the detectives to make sure that they oppose bail when the suspect appears in court.

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