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JUST IN | Males accused of murdering Brendin Horner launched on bail following DNA proof


Sekola Matlaletsa, 44, and Sekwetje Mahlamba 32, the boys accused of murdering farm supervisor Brendin Horner.

  • The 2 males accused of murdering Brendin Horner have been launched on bail.
  • It emerged the DNA outcomes couldn’t hyperlink the accused to the homicide. 
  • Each males had been launched on bail of R5 000 every. 

The 2 males accused of murdering Free State farm supervisor, Brendin Horner, in October final 12 months have been launched on bail after it emerged they may not be linked via DNA evaluation.

Sekwetje Mahlamba, 32, and Sekola Matlaletsa, 44, appeared within the Senekal Justice of the Peace’s Courtroom on Tuesday, the place they utilized for bail on new information.

Nationwide Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping advised News24 the courtroom accepted the brand new information, which included:

– The DNA outcomes can be found and don’t hyperlink the accused to the fee of the crime;

– It was initially reported that Horner was killed within the early hours of two October, however now the State stated he was murdered between 19:00 and 20:00 on 1 October.

News24 beforehand reported that bloodstained garments had been discovered at Mahlamba’s home when he was arrested.

Mahlamba had claimed the blood was from an animal he had slaughtered for a conventional ceremony.

Nevertheless, the State stated it had witness testimony that Mahlamba had not attended the ceremony.

The bloodstained garments, Horner’s hat, a knife discovered on the scene, and the rope used to strangle the 21-year-old farm supervisor had been taken for forensic evaluation.

It has now emerged that not one of the DNA matches both of the accused, nor does the blood on Mahlamba’s garments match that of Horner, Shuping confirmed.

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DNA samples taken from Horner’s bakkie may additionally not be linked to the 2 males accused of murdering him on a farm in Paul Roux.

The State made the admission in regards to the samples after Matlaletsa’s authorized support lawyer questioned why the police had taken DNA swabs of the accused on 15 October, when it was beforehand relayed to courtroom that each one proof for forensic testing had been submitted on 5 October.

Throughout their first bail software, the State alleged {that a} non-public investigator had taken samples from Horner’s bakkie, which was discovered round 13km from the crime scene, parked subsequent to the N5 that cuts throughout Senekal, Paul Roux and Bethlehem.

These samples had been taken to a non-public however accredited laboratory and had been already analysed.

Free State farm manager Brandin Horner

Brendin Horner.

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The evaluation outcomes revealed the DNA profiles of three totally different males had been current within the samples collected from the within and outdoors of the bakkie.

Following the end result of the evaluation, it was determined to take Mahlamba and Matlaletsa’s DNA to see if there was a match.

READ | Bloodstains, witnesses – bail software offers perception into case in opposition to Brendin Horner homicide accused

The outcomes confirmed neither of the boys may very well be linked to Horner’s bakkie, because the one DNA profile was not a match, and the opposite swab was faulty, so the take a look at got here again inconclusive.

Whereas the DNA outcomes have dealt a giant blow to the State’s case and resulted in each accused being granted bail, Shuping stated the costs wouldn’t be withdrawn in opposition to Mahlamba and Matlaletsa as DNA was not the one proof that they had been counting on.

Shuping added that the State utilized for the cancellation of Matlaletsa’s bail, however the courtroom dismissed that software and launched him.

Each males had been granted bail of R5 000 every.

The matter has been postponed to 23 August for a pre-trial within the excessive courtroom.

Homicide

Horner was strangled to demise on the farm, the place he labored. His physique was found the next day by his colleagues.

EXPLAINER | What the State and defence have argued within the Brendin Horner homicide case

News24 beforehand reported that Horner was stabbed a number of instances and had abrasions to his thigh, which appeared to point that he had been dragged throughout a gravel highway.

His physique was discovered tied to the underside of a fence pole, metres from the gate to the home the place he and his girlfriend lived on the farm.

Mahlamba and Matlaletsa had been arrested quickly after Horner’s physique was found.

Each males stated they’d alibis and would plead not responsible to the costs.

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