Cape Town – The Free State High Court on Thursday handed a life sentence plus 15 years in prison to Tshediso Andries Motsoele, 45, for the killing of a 73-year-old woman at her farm, just outside Smithfield, south-east of Bloemfontein.
Johanne Andriette Bisset was robbed of her jewellery, stabbed twice in the neck and found dead by her husband.
According to a police statement, Motsoele went to Bisset’s residence on the morning of December 14, 2020.
He noticed Johanne’s husband leaving the property.
Shortly after her husband left, Johanne prepared to leave the house.
She got into her car. Just when she was about to start the car, the accused pulled her out of the car and banged her head on a carport pole.
He stabbed her twice on her neck and took her earrings and rings amounting to R78 000.
“It was on 14 December 2020 at about 09:00 when the accused went to the victim’s farm. He noticed the farm owner driving with his bike to his other farm that was close by. The accused then went to the house and noticed the 73-year-old woman leaving her house. Once in the car the accused pulled her out of the car and banged her head on a carport pole. He then stabbed her twice on her neck and took her earrings and rings amounting to R78 000-00,” said the police.
The accused fled the scene and the farm owner came back to find his wife’s lifeless body next to her car.
Police were summoned to the scene and the accused was traced within four hours around Smithfield.
When the police got to his house they found a blood-stained blue overall with jewellery on his bed.
Upon forensic investigation and positive identification of the jewellery by the farm owner, Motsoele was arrested and a case of murder and robbery was opened.
According to IOL, Motsoele was a former employee at the Bisset farm for about two years but disappeared without communication, and was subsequently fired.
Compiled by Sinothando Siyolo