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Hubby up for wife's murder

By unknown | Jul 01, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Riot Hlatshwayo

Riot Hlatshwayo

Tshepo Mokoena, a prominent radiographer who was arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of his wife, appeared briefly in the magistrate's court in Mpumalanga yesterday.

Her bruised body was found naked in the bushes last year after she had suddenly disappeared.

Mokoena was not asked to plead on charges of murder with aggravating circumstances when he appeared in the Acornhoek magistrate's court.

He was granted R10000 bail pending his next appearance on July 30.

Police investigations into his case are continuing.

Mokoena is accused of killing Debra Silinda, 30, a Thulamahashe resident who was employed as a nurse at the Medi-Clinic in Nelspruit.

It is not clear when Silinda was actually murdered but her naked and bruised body was found in the bushes between Hazyview and Bushbuckridge on January 15 last year.

The murder left many people shocked in Thulamahashe where the woman grew up.

Police said the motive for the murder was not yet clear but they suspect jealousy, prompted by the fact that the wife worked more than 150km from their home.

They said financial gain from an insurance payout could be another motive.

"We are investigating all the possibilities and leaving no stone unturned," Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said yesterday.

A close relative of the victim told Sowetan that Mokoena had taken the woman's insurance policies just before her death.

"He took the policies so that he could benefit from them - and we have established that he has already made claims," alleged a relative of the victim, who wished to remain anonymous.

The police have indicated that more arrests are looming since they believe the murder was carried out by more than one person.

Mokoena had just paid ilobolo to his wife's family when she was murdered.

He hails from Mabopane near Pretoria and has worked at the Tintswalo Hospital for about two years.


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