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Horror confessions made voluntarily - judge

By unknown | Sep 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

McKeed Kotlolo

McKeed Kotlolo

Two men who are accused of conducting a reign of terror in Mhluzi township in Mpumalanga, and later confessed to police, have pleaded not guilty before Judge Aubrey Ledwaba in the Middelburg circuit court.

The two face 23 charges, including seven murders and seven rapes. Johannes van Rooyen, 27, and Dumisani Makhubela, 28, say they made the confessions under duress.

After a trial within a trial to determine the admissibility of their statements, the judge yesterday ruled that they made the confessions before two magistrates voluntarily and admitted them as evidence.

The two were of sober mind when they also voluntarily pointed out the crime scenes, the judge said.

In their statements, read out by state advocate Eric van der Merwe, both men blamed each other and admitted involvement in the brutal murders, rapes and robberies.

In one incident, Van Rooyen said they went to a house at Extension 7 in Mhluzi township where Makhubela said the house owner owed him money.

On arrival, however, the owner said he knew nothing about the debt. They bound the couple and their two daughters before killing them.

They ransacked the house and stole items before leaving, the court heard.

They went to another house where they raped a 19-year-old woman while her boyfriend was at work. The teenager latter died in hospital.

The hearing continues.


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