#MokoenaMurder case: State seeks more information
13:40 Thu, 10 Oct 2019
#MokoenaMurder case: State seeks more information | News Article
The cross-examination of pastor Elvis Sonnyboy Galeboe, who stands accused of conspiracy to commit murder of the 51-year-old Bloemfontein-based farmer, Ntau Lucas Mokoena, was postponed to again commence later on Thursday.

This is to allow the state and state prosecuter, Johan de Vries, to obtain information the state describes as relevant to opposing Galeboe's bail application. 

The accused was arrested in August 2019 in Bloemfontein after being sought for his involvement in the matter. De Vries is accusing Galeboe of having ties to the alleged hitmen who allegedly shot the deceased in his Fichardt Park home on July 8 in the presence of his wife, also the accused, Kelebogile Mokoena. 

The court heard today that Galeboe has multiple prior arrests in three different towns in Central South Africa, some in which a state witness ended up being murdered. The court further heard that in every arrest he revealed a different address as opposed to what he says is his permanent residential address.

De Vries also questioned his alleged romantic relationship with the co-accused Kelebogile and asked if the two were dramatically involved.

He told the court that the accused got tired of the marriage between the deceased and co-accused Kelebogile and subsequent to that he then organised a hit to take out the deceased in the matter.  

OFM News previously reported that the accused pastor in the matter is alleged to have a shady past that dates back to at least 2016. This as the Oudtshoorn's Die Hoorn has not only linked the accused, Galeboe, to a robbery and a separate murder in the Northern Cape but has also placed him right in the middle of the 2017 murder of South African Defence Force (SANDF) Sergeant Preston Titus in Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, for which four people were arrested and charged.

Earlier today, the legal representative of Kelebogile read out her sworn statement in court. She pleaded magistrate Ryan Ishmail to release her on bail so she could be reunited with her "traumatised " family which include her sickly daughter.

She raised a concern with the family's livelihood and financial loss due to her incarceration since July 2019. State prosecutor De Vries is expected to continue with his cross-examination against the Galeboe around 14:00 today in a packed courtroom 20.

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