The High Court in Pretoria has found Moses Makoso, a 31-year-old man from De Deur in Johannesburg, guilty of premeditated murder, rape and kidnapping a six-year-old girl, as well as obstruction of justice.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana, the shocking crime occurred on 29 April 2021. The girl had gone to the bush in Maboloka, Brits, which was near Makoso’s home, to get cucumbers.
“Makoso called the three children to his house. He then instructed the brother and the friend to go back home to wear shoes. He promised to give them fish on their return. The two boys left and he then led the little girl back to the bushes where he raped, strangled her to death and set her body alight”the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana
When the boys returned to Makoso’s house, they found no one. They then told the young girl’s aunt about what had happened. She later visited her local police station and reported the child missing.
“The community and the family searched for the missing child. Only on the following day that they went to Makoso’s house. They apprehended and handed him over to the police,” Mahanjana said.
MOSES MAKOSO TO BE SENTENCED FOR GIRL’S RAPE, MURDER
The NPA says Moses Makoso ended up confessing to having raped and killed the girl before setting her body on fire. He also showed local police where he got rid of her body.
He has been in court since his arrest and pleaded not guilty to the charges being levelled against him.
“The matter was postponed to 19-20 September 2022 for sentence proceedings. The NPA welcomes the conviction in this gruesome case involving a child. We commend the police investigating team that amassed valuable evidence to help the prosecutor secure a conviction,”the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Regional Spokesperson Lumka Mahanjana
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