Mum chopped into pieces: COPS set ‘killer’ free!


THE BRUTAL story of the man who allegedly killed his mother and chopped her body into pieces is well-known.

But he has not been found guilty and due to a technical foul-up he’s been released without conditions.


The 30-year-old Mokoena was supposed to appear in the Free State High Court sitting in Bethlehem on Tuesday, 22 November but was mistakenly was taken to Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court.

Mokoena’s name did not appear on the court’s roll for the day and the court decided to release him.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Phaladi Shuping said the senior prosecutor issued a summons for him to appear in court on 8 December.

Police spokesman Warrant Officer Mmako Mophiring said apparently the accused was supposed to be transported to Bethlehem for pre-trial but was mistakenly taken to the wrong court.

“The police should not be crucified for his release. We cannot go against the court ruling. However, the accused person has still been summoned to appear in court soon.


“Therefore, the court will decide whether he will be rearrested or not,” said Mophiring. Family spokesman Mohlomi Khodumo said they were shocked to see the suspect coming back home.

He said family would release a formal statement concerning the matter soon.

“We can’t give any comment at moment as we were not even aware of the court decision,” said Khodumo.

The ANC Women’s League in the Thabo Mofutsanyana region planned to march to the offices of the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates Court. Chairwoman Masetjhaba Mosia-Lakaje said: “We are shocked because we had handed our memorandum to the senior magistrate and we were promised by the same court to protect the family.

“We are worried about the safety of the family members. You should remember that the other victim is the accused’s father. We are also worried about the safety of his younger sister.”

Teboho Mokoena was arrested on 7 June and first appeared in court on 1 August.

His mum Modiehi’s body was found in the garage at her home in Riverside, QwaQwa.

The body had a stab wound to the chest. It was chopped into pieces with her head, legs and hands shoved into a plastic bag.

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