Community lashes out — Suspect serious after assault

Marapong community members assaulted a suspected burglar on 6 June. The police was called out to save the situation as the man’s life was in danger
Marapong community members assaulted a suspected burglar on 6 June. The police was called out to save the situation as the man’s life was in danger

Leoni Kruger
MARAPONG — A case of mob justice has occurred in Marapong on Monday morning 6 June after the community took the law into their own hands. They apprehended a 25 year old suspected burglar and allegedly assaulted him.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale SAPS spokesperson, the police received a complaint from the Marapong community that they were with a suspected burglar. Also that he was in possession of stolen property. “Upon arrival we found a group of people gathered in a shack with the suspect. His mouth and head were injured and it seemed that his one leg or foot was crippled” W.O. Mokoena said. The police took the man to hospital because he was seriously injured.
The suspect was found in possession of a plasma TV, clothes, two lap tops, blankets, cell phones, groceries, cosmetics, a generator, one bed, two sub hoover speakers, two amplifiers and car keys. According to W.O. Mokoena, the community told the police that they heard a cell phone ringing in the shack and no-one answered it. They have been suspicious of the shack for a long time and therefore they went inside to see where the cell phone was ringing. It was then that they discovered the suspected stolen property. The community called Marapong CPF to help them to search for the suspect.
According to W.O. Mokoena, the suspect has previously been arrested in Bela-Bela and he was sentenced for two years imprisonment or he had to pay an amount of R9 000. He received a suspended sentence of five years and paid a fine of R4 500.
He is currently facing 23 charges relating mostly to house breaking (80%) and theft out of a motor vehicle. W.O. Mokoena says his modus operandi is usually to get keys through an open window. That is mostly how he gains access to houses and vehicles. He is also linked with crime in Mokopane, Modimolle, Bela-Bela and Lephalale.
At the time of going to press the suspect’s name could not be disclosed as he was still in Ellisras District Hospital, recovering from his injuries.
It was uncertain whether a case of assault would be opened against any community members.

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