Mother claims killer was released Days after beating up her daughter
A grieving family has blasted the police as ‘useless’ as they mourn their daughter’s brutal death in yet another passion killing case.
Keodiretse Olefile, 26, was found strangled with her own leggings last week in her room in Lotlhakane village, days after police had briefly detained then released her lover who had beaten her up and threatened to kill her.
27-year-old Kebonyemodisa Phenyadingwe of Tebogo ward in Mmathethe is again in police custody a week after his death threats were reported to Sejelo Police in Kanye. On three separate occasions in which he either attacked or threatened his victim, the police allegedly dismissed the matter.
He finally killed her
Keodiretse’s distraught mother Botshana Olefile, 56, has blamed police, accusing them of negligence. “This could have been avoided if they had helped in keeping that man away. They knew my daughter’s life was in danger, but they shrugged off her complaints,” she said.
She claimed that Phenyadingwe had threatening to kill her on several occasions. “He was ever consumed with jealousy and he was tormenting my daughter,” she added.
Kanye Police station commander, Bakae Bolebantswe could only confirm that they have detained the deceased’s boyfriend as part of their investigations, as he was the last person to be seen with her the evening before her death.
Keodiretse was found dead last week Monday in her room at her employer’s place in Lotlhakane East in the Southern District. Her cousin Boitumelo Sejabopi explained: “The suspicion is that the attack was done outside the house because she was found laid in bed with the shoes still on and was covered with the blankets. She was strangled with her leggings.”
Her employer who preferred anonymity said the discovery was made after Keodiretse, who worked as a waitress, failed to show up for work.
“She was an early riser but when she didn’t show up at the main house I went to her room and discovered the body in bed. At first I thought she was sleeping and when I pulled the blankets from her face I realized she was dead. I ran back to the main house to report to my husband and we called the police,” she explained.