13 November 2017 Read: 4535
The three suspects who were arrested for the brutal murder of a Silver Mist farm manager in December 2015, were released from custody. Rina Langenhoven was 67 years old when three men entered her home and murdered her before hiding her body under a mattress in one of the bedrooms.
The gruesome discovery was made on a Monday morning, the 7th of December, by one of her domestic workers. Her hands and mouth were bound with packaging tape. At the time, police investigators deduced that she had been attacked by unknown assailants while she was watching television. The motive for the killing was not known although an Isuzu bakkie and two cell phones were stolen.
Two days later the police arrested three suspects, Frans Seswa Mohlatlego (32), Lawrence Frans Hlongwane (45) and a former Silver Mist employee Frans Ngobeni (35). Police tracked the stolen vehicle to Mshongoville village at Mentz Mankweng. Other items that were stolen from Langenhoven’s home, including a laptop and cell phones, were found in their possession. These three suspects then appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s court on charges of murder and housebreaking after the magistrate who was meant to hear their bail application in Haenerstburg’s Periodical court, was absent.
Bulletin received information from a reliable source that the suspects’ had their case postponed and were remanded in a high security prison until the time of their next appearance. They also allegedly gave testimony to their hideous crimes in sworn statements in the presence of a magistrate. It is alleged that in these statements they gave detailed accounts of how the murder and robbery. Our source revealed that the court in Polokwane ordered their release earlier this month. This decision is to be challenged in an appeal supported by high ranking members of the judiciary and the SAPS.
We have requested confirmation on this from provincial SAPS spokesperson, Lt Col Moatshe Ngoepe, but at the time of going to print no feedback had been received.