Life imprisonment handed down for police murder in NW
15:24 Thu, 14 Mar 2019
Life imprisonment handed down for police murder in NW | News Article
A man who has killed a police officer in the North West has been handed down a life sentence by the North West Division of the High Court based in Klerksdorp for the murder of Constable Baliki Mogapi.

The 33-year-old constable was murdered in 2016 whilst on duty attending to a report about an alarm that had gone off at one of the FNB ATMs in town. It is alleged he was killed by suspects who had allegedly tide up security guards and hijacked a security vehicle of a local security company and were parked nearby the ATM. When the deceased and his colleague approached the security vehicle to engage the security guards, the accused got off from the vehicle and fired a single shot, which hit Mogapi in the head, fatally wounding him. According to the Hawks’ Tlangelani Rikhotso, his partner managed to exit the SAPS vehicle and subsequently fired a single shot in the direction of the fleeing attackers.

Rikhotso says a manhunt by the Hawks’ Priority Crime Investigation Unit and the Provincial Tactical Response Team led to the arrest of seven suspects in and around Pretoria and Katlehong, where two pistols and two vehicles were also seized.

She says the charges against the six suspects were later dropped.

The 36-year-old Bathobile Colesto Khohliso was sentenced to life imprisonment and also received an additional 45 years for various counts, including attempted murder, armed robbery, possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), Godfrey Lebeya, has welcomed the life sentence handed down to the suspect and expressed his gratitude to all officers who participated in the case.

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