LIMPOPO- The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba has welcomed the hefty sentences that were handed down by the Limpopo Division of the High Court in Polokwane yesterday, 12 October 2020 against two of the four accused who were convicted of farm murder and related crimes.
Trial court found that the accused Phuti Phineas Molongoane aged 39 and Thapelo Nickel Motsamai aged 25 together with their two accomplices had in the early hours of 06 February 2017 attacked and severely assaulted Mr Hendrick Peter Peterson then aged 57 on his Sumadi farm at Afuguns outside Lephalale. The victim was assaulted with various objects leaving him severely injured. The suspects then fled the scene in his white Isuzu bakkie. Two rifles, cellphones and other valuables were also taken during the attack. The fifth suspect who drove them to the farm was waiting inside the vehicle during the robbery.
The victim was discovered later and rushed to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
Police manhunt immediately ensued and four suspects were arrested a few months later. The fifth suspect, Phillip Modime remained on the run. During subsequent court appearances, the four accused were all granted bail. The fourth accused was later turned into state witness (the driver of the vehicle).
Justice Rasodi (38) failed to appear in court after he was released on bail and was being sought by the Police. He then committed a house robbery in Seshego and a series of other crimes whilst on bail. He was finally cornered in Modimolle when he was found with the outstanding suspect, Phillip Modime(36) and arrested. Modime was fatally shot during the arrest when a shootout ensued between them and the police.