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Man expected to plead guilty to bank murder

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Victim had volunteered to deposit the money at the bank as the person who usually did it was not at work on the day of the incident.

A video screenshot of the accused.

THE 24-YEAR-old man accused of stabbing a well-known Douglas woman, Helen Janse van Vuuren, to death in a bank before running off with a suitcase containing about R30 000, is expected to plead guilty to charges of murder, assault and robbery at his next court appearance in Kimberley.

Tebogo Avis Augustino Masire is alleged to have murdered Janse van Vuuren in August 2018 by stabbing her three times in the back, while she was inside the Douglas Absa bank waiting to deposit money.

The 61-year-old grandmother was killed only a few minutes after walking from the local Spar, where she worked, to the bank, which is situated next to the store, to deposit cash belonging to the local supermarket.

It is alleged that Masire went into the bank pretending to be a customer and was standing right behind Janse van Vuuren when he stabbed her three times in the back with a knife before running off with a suitcase containing the money that she was going to deposit.

She died on the scene.

The suitcase contained around R30 000.

Masire was apprehended by police just hours after the incident.

“The police in Douglas followed up on information and arrested a 24-year-old male suspect at about 3pm on August 28 2018 in Breipal in Douglas. The police also found some money at his house and confiscated clothes, a bag and other goods,” police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said at the time.

According to Janse van Vuuren’s daughter, Christine Janse van Vuuren, who at the time of the incident managed the local Spar supermarket, her mother had volunteered to deposit the money at the bank as the person who usually did it was not at work on the day of the incident.

Christine said at the time that a short while after her mother had left to deposit the money, she heard that the bank had been robbed.

“We heard people screaming that the bank was being robbed. I realised that my mother was still inside the bank and rushed there. When I got inside, I saw my mother lying on the floor. I rushed over to her and felt her pulse. I could feel a very faint pulse but she had no pulse in her neck. I think she was already gone,” she said shortly after the incident.

Masire yesterday made a brief appearance in the Northern Cape High Court, where his legal representative, advocate Dries van Tonder, indicated that his client would be pleading guilty to all charges. He faces charges of murder, robbery aggravated and assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Judge Cecile Williams postponed the matter and Masire is expected to hand in a formal plea during his next appearance.

The State prosecutor in the matter is advocate Keageletse Ilanga.