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Double murder suspect appears in court

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Bail was denied to Benette March who appeared in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court following the fatal stabbing of Bonolo Babuseng and Teshwell Koopman.

A PHUTANANG murder suspect, Benette March, 27, was denied bail in the Galeshewe Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday; where he appeared following the fatal stabbing of Bonolo Babuseng and Teshwell Koopman on Sunday.

March was arrested on Easter Monday after he apparently went on the run following the stabbing incidents.

March, who opted to be represented by Legal Aid SA, will remain in custody until his next appearance on April 21.

According to Northern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba, Babuseng was stabbed in the chest following an argument with the suspect. Within an hour of that incident, Koopman, who was walking home from his girlfriend’s house with his friends, was also fatally stabbed.

The court heard on Wednesday that March is facing a serious schedule five or six offence.

The brutal murder of the two young men – 29-year-old Babuseng and 27-year-old Koopman – has sparked outrage in Galeshewe.

Babuseng’s body was collected on Sunday evening by the police’s forensic division at a soccer field not far from his home, while the lifeless body of Koopman was found in Samora Machel Street, also not far from his home, on the same night.

Both incidents happened in Phutanang.