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Three accused appear in court for four counts of murder

Three accused, Tumelo Mokone (23), Kagiso Mokone (23) and Onthantile Sebati (20) appeared at the Brits Magistrates’ Court  yesterday 14 January 2022 , facing charges of four counts of murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and theft. 

It is alleged that Sebati conspired with her co-accused to kill her family members on 06 December 2016, while the family was at home in Mmakau in the North West Province. 

Acoording to NPA spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, Sebati allegedly went outside to dispose of water and she heard gunshots inside the house. 

“A 42-year-old father, a 40-year-old mother, a 19-year-old pregnant sister and a 6-year-old brother were all shot dead,” said Mahanjana.

“Sebati and the two co-accused were arrested on 17 and 18 December 2021, after Sebati handed herself to the police and confessed to being behind the killing of her family by hiring the two co-accused.”

Appearing in court today, the affidavits of the three accused were read and they acknowledged that they understand that they are facing schedule 6 offences, however, they asked the court to be released on R1000 bail each.

The state asked for the matter to be postponed as the report received from the Department of Social Development recommended Sebati should be sent for psychiatric assessment at the district surgent.  

The court granted the postponement to 18 January 2022 for psychiatric assessment and the accused are remanded in custody. 

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