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Man, 38, arrested after allegedly beating 21-year-old wife to death at Free State farm

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A 21-year-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her 38-year-old husband at Morning Glory Farm near Bethlehem in the Free State.

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A 21-YEAR-old woman was allegedly beaten to death by her 38-year-old husband at Morning Glory Farm near Bethlehem in the Free State.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring said the police were called to attend a murder complaint on Sunday. They found the body of a woman lying in an open field, with blood on her face and a wound on her forehead.

Paramedics declared the woman dead at the scene.

Mophiring said that the motive behind the killing is not yet known and the name of the 21-year-old victim cannot be disclosed until her family has officially been informed and has positively identified her.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the woman’s death. He is expected to appear in the Bethlehem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, facing a charge of murder.

At another farm in Ladybrand, Mophiring said the police arrested a 52-year-old man for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.

The man reportedly locked her inside his house in the early hours of Sunday. The teenager was later rescued by other farm dwellers.

“It is alleged that on October 29, 2023, at about 3.10am, the 17-year-old woman was at a friend’s place drinking liquor and she went outside to smoke a cigarette. She was approached by the 52-year-old man staying on the same farm.

“It is further alleged that he called and went with her to his place, where she was raped. He then locked her inside the house until the farm community came and broke down the suspect’s house and set her free.”

She reported the incident to her mother, who alerted the police. The man was found and arrested.

He is due to appear in the Ladybrand Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

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