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Triple murder suspect back in court for stock theft

BACK IN COURT: Tebogo Ramantosha

Triple murder suspect, Tebogo Ramantosha found himself back in court recently accused of stock theft.

The 30-year-old, who is suspected to have killed both his parents and his younger brother, is one of three men believed to have stolen five cows in Letlhakeng village earlier this year.

Tebogo, along with Tsaboswane Seane, 50, and Olebeng Galetshiphe, 57, came under suspicion when trying to register the cattle – valued at P25, 000 in total – before the police back on 23 March.

Upon inspecting the livestock, the cops realised some of the branding had been applied recently.

When questioning the trio on the fresh markings, the police grew even more suspicious at the suspects’ unsatisfactory accounts of how they came to posses the five cows.

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The delay in the case was because police were still consulting the Veterinary Department to check if the tags on the cattle matched the rest of Tebogo’s herd.

During their brief appearance before Molepolole Magistrates Court, bail was set at P3, 000 for each man, with each also having to provide two sureties bound to the same amount.

All three managed to meet the condition and were set free, with their next mention scheduled for 6 September.

Tebogo is the last surviving member of the Ramantosha family, whose triple murder sent shockwaves around the country back on 21 June 2018.

Back then, the dead bodies of 55-year-old Patrick Ramantosha, his wife Boingotlo Ramantosha, 47, and their last born son, Keabetswe Ramantosha, 22, were found at their home in Molepolole’s Ntloelengwae ward.

It is suspected the three were poisoned, bound and then suffocated, as they were discovered tied up, their faces enclosed inside plastic bags.

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Tebogo, as well as Mmoloki Boniface Tlhaelo, 39, Poloko Segwagwa, 30, and Cornelious Saidoo, 40, have all since been charged with three counts of murder in relation to the mass killing.

They were also charged with theft, allegedly stealing Keabetswe’s 32-inch LG television valued at P3, 000 and a Philibao free-to-air decoder worth P300.

The case was eventually committed to Lobatse High Court and is sety for pre-trial in November.

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