Triple murderer convicted after ballistics link stolen R1 rifle

South African Police Service

Triple murderer convicted after ballistics link stolen R1 rifle
Triple murderer convicted after ballistics link stolen R1 rifle

Tlhoriso Charles Letsoso (32) appeared before the Phuthaditjhaba High Court Judge on three charges of murder, attempted murder and attempted robbery.

He decided to enter into a plea sentence agreement during trial, which resulted in him being sentenced to eighteen (18) years imprisonment on each of the three murder charges, six years for attempted murder and three years for attempted armed robbery. All the sentences are to run concurrently.

Letsoso was among the five suspects arrested near Fouriesburg, during a joint operation by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team together with the Detectives of Thaba Nchu, Botshabelo on 12 June 2019. The joint team swiftly acted on information received about a possible armed robbery or a farm attack which was to take place in the Fouriesburg District.

A suspicious vehicle was stopped and searched in the Fouriesburg District on 12 June 2019 and the team discovered two unlicensed firearms, a R1 rifle and 9mm pistol which had been reported stolen. The suspects were immediately arrested.

The seized firearms were subjected to a forensic examination which linked the R1 rifle to three murder cases of which one was a double murder committed in Thaba Nchu District where a husband and wife were shot and killed. On another similar shooting in Botshabelo District where the same firearm had been used the husband succumbed to gunshot injuries whilst the wife survived.

The case against the four remaining suspects was postponed to 5 October 2020 for trial and Letsoso is expected to testify against his accomplices who remain in custody.

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