The incident took place in Seoding village near Pampierstad
TWO MEN were sentenced to life imprisonment after they were found guilty of murdering a 64-year-old relative.
Northern Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Dimakatso Mooi said on Tuesday that the men – Gopolang Abel Maoka, 32, and Moleko Johannes Maoka, 33 – were sentenced in the Mahikeng High Court on Friday, May 7.
She said the incident took place in Seoding village near Pampierstad on January 7, 2017, when the accused took the deceased to the veld, where they bludgeoned him to death with a rock and robbed him of his two cellphones.
Mooi explained that the investigating officer, Sergeant Mogomotsi Cecil Galodikwe, discovered that the accused had tried to claim insurance money on the deceased’s name.
“Further investigations led to the discovery of the deceased’s shoes, which had drops of blood on them, and DNA tests were conducted and positively linked the two to the crime” said Mooi.
“The duo remained in custody for the duration of the trial.”
Mooi said both accused were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for murder and 15 years for robbery.