Murderer's last plea: Tsametse demands 'killer attire' return


Just before he was sentenced to death, Thato Tsametse told his attorney Nkosana Ngwenya that he tried to get help from prison authorities to get his clothes but in vain.

Tsametse has pleaded with his attorney to help him get back clothes he wore on the night he murdered his then 16-year-old cousin in March 2018. "I have long asked for my clothes back. There was no DNA on them and also the case is now over. I would like to have them back," he said. Tsametse said the clothes were long taken from him by the investigating officer. His attorney would promise that he would follow up with the relevant authorities to get them back. Even after being sentenced, as he walked out of the courtroom, Tsametse pleaded with his mother to follow up on his clothes.

Investigating Officer (IO) in the matter, Detective Sergeant Moses Motshegare took the stand and elucidated to the court why Tsametse had a case to answer. The IO said on March 20, 2018, he received a call from one traditional healer known as Rabeisane who told him they had a client who said he needed assistance because he had killed someone in Mogoditshane. He said he went there with his colleagues and arrived while Tsametse was being assisted. “We arrested him and went to interview him. During the interview, he told me he had killed the deceased but couldn't submit a confession statement. When I quizzed why he killed him, he said he wanted money to start a cab business,” Motshegare said.

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