How did a convicted murderer end up back on the streets?
MOEHYDIEN Pangaker, who was charged on Friday with the kidnapping and murder of Tazne van Wyk, 8, was previously found guility and sentenced for theft in Kimberley.
Pangaker, who has been incarcerated five times already, was found guilty in Kimberley in 1991.
The 54-year-old’s arrest last week angered Tazne’s family as well as her community with people questioning how a convicted murderer ended up back on the streets.
Tazne went missing from her Ravensmead home almost two weeks ago. Her body was found by police in a stormwater pipe outside Worcester on Wednesday night, following the arrest of Pangaker earlier in the week.
Pangaker allegedly led authorities to the location of the body.
He was arrested in Cradock following an extensive investigation.
According to a court document, which has been confirmed by the National Prosecuting Authority, here is a list of Pangaker’s crimes and convictions which date back to the 80s:
1981 – Elsies River – theft: sentenced
1981 – Elsies River – housebreaking: sentenced
1988 – Ravensmead – assault: sentenced
1991 – Kimberley – theft: sentenced
1998 – Laingsburg – housebreaking: guilty and sentenced
2001 – Kuilsriver – murder: guilty and sentenced
2001 – Ladismith – culpable homicide, abduction, child neglect: sentenced
2003 – Ladismith – assault: sentenced
2003 – Elsies River – breaking correctional supervision: guilty
2015 – Ladismith – possession of stolen vehicle: guilty and sentenced
2015 – Ladismith – driving vehicle without authority: guilty.
In 2008 Pangaker was sentenced in the Bellville Regional Court for kidnapping, child abuse and culpable homicide.
He was sentenced to 10 years for count 3 with count 12 concurrent with count 3. He was released on parole but absconded from Bellville Community Corrections in 2015.
Pangaker was placed out on parole supervision at Ladismith Community Corrections on October 16, 2016 till May 18, 2019. He then also absconded supervision and a case was opened at Ladismith for absconding.
Meanwhile, police have been deployed to Parow after two houses were set alight and a vehicle overturned following Pangaker’s appearance in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Friday morning.