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Pensioners, aged 75 and 92, arrested for murder of 80-year-old during 4am fight in old-age home


After 80-year-old Godfrey Thema Motsepe was hit with crutches, the police said 75-year-old Jeremiah Mmatli and 92-year-old Daniel Madumo allegedly joined forces in assaulting him until he died moments later.

An 80-year-old man residing in an age-old home in the North West was brutally killed and two other pensioners have been arrested for the murder. File picture: Boxer Ngwenya

TWO MEN, aged 75 and 92, were remanded in custody when they appeared before the Brits Magistrate’s Court facing charges of murder, the North West police said.

The murder victim was an 80-year-old man, according to North West police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Amanda Funani.

“Jeremiah Mmatli, 75, and Daniel Madumo, 92, appeared before Brits Magistrate’s Court (on Friday) for a bail application after the murder of 80-year-old Godfrey Thema Motsepe,” said Funani.

“Their case was postponed until Friday, June 14, for continuation of the bail application.

“Reports suggest that the victim and the suspects stayed at an old-age home. A fight allegedly ensued between the suspects and the victim at about 4am on Thursday, May 30.

“According to information, the victim was coming from the bathroom, when he met with the suspects who were on their way to the bathroom. The victim allegedly bumped one of the suspects, who hit the former with his crutches.”

After the 80-year-old man was hit with crutches, the 75-year-old and the 92-year-old friends alleged joined forces in assaulting the victim.

“The owner of the old-age home was notified and the police were summoned. The victim, who sustained head injuries, was transported to hospital by an ambulance, but was certified dead on arrival. The two suspects were later arrested for murder,” said Funani.

The provincial commissioner of police in the North West, Lieutenant-General Sello Kwena, has expressed “shock” over the incident and conveyed his condolences to the family of the deceased octogenarian.

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