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Murder accused step-mom accuses police of torture

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CHARGED: Selaolo

A woman accused of the gruesome murder of her stepson says police tortured her into admitting to the crime.

Last week she allegedly led the police to a grave where the remains of 11-year old Clifford Mochocho were buried, but this morning 30-year old Gaofenngwe Selaolo shocked a packed courtroom when she said the police tortured her into admitting to the murder.

UNDER ESCORT: Selaolo arriving at court
UNDER ESCORT: Selaolo arriving at court

Selaolo made headlines last week following the gruesome discovery of the boy’s remains and today she turned up under heavy security escort at the Broadhurs Magistrates court amid hostile glares from an incensed crowd and aggrieved family members.

She told Magistrate Merafhe Tladi that investigating officers tortured and forced her to admit that she committed the murder.

The magistrate considered Selaolo’s complaint and allowed her to open a case of assault against the police.

The court heard that on the 2nd of March the accused murdered her stepson Mochocho and buried her next to a hill at Mankgodi.

After a month long search, Selaolo is said to have led the police to where the missing boy was buried.

CROWD CONTROL: Police attempt to disperse angry crowd
CROWD CONTROL: Police attempt to disperse angry crowd

The prosecution pleaded with the court to have Selaolo remanded in custody for her safety as tempers of the deceased’s family and the public were still high.

State Prosecutor, Modukanele said the investigations were still at infancy stage and that they have not yet established how the boy died.

Modukanele said they were also waiting for the doctor’s report to find out the cause of death.

Selaolo has been remanded in custody and her next mention is 04 May.
(photos by: Kabo Mpaetona)