The four suspects linked to the suspected murder of three people are expected to make an appearance before the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 7 August 2020.

Their appearance comes a day after forensic experts exhumed what is believed to be human remains from a yard in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion on Thursday.

The South African Police Service’s (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the youngest suspect, who is 17 years old, confessed to having worked with the adults to murder the three people and hide their bodies in shallow graves.

Peters said they still needed to conduct DNA testing to establish the identities of the victims.

“Crime scene experts including anthropologists from the SAPS forensic science laboratory have this morning started digging on an alleged makeshift grave, where, according to a confession by one of the accused, three bodies were buried”, she said.

“At this stage, experts have discovered remains that will be forensically analysed to determine that indeed they are of a human being. The digging is still underway and will continue in anticipation of finding three bodies as per the suspect’s claims”

Woman accused of killing own son

The teenage boy is said to have approached police on Tuesday, 4 August 2020 and confessed that he, his mother and two other people killed three people and buried them in the garden.

As if the case couldn’t get more grisly, the alleged victims are the woman’s elderly son and two men she had been in a relationship.

“On Tuesday evening, police received information from one of the four detainees that he and three other suspects including his mother have killed and buried the bodies of three victims in a yard in Olievenhoutbosch”, Peters said at the time

“The possible grave has since been declared a crime scene and has been cordoned off to avoid any tampering until the crime scene experts from the forensic science laboratory of the SAPS have processed the scene”

‘Buried Alive’

The chairperson of Sanco’s Olievenhoutbosch branch Kgomotso Khalushi, who the teenage boy is said to have told, the brother was killed after he threatened to tell police – after witnessing one of the murders.

“Apparently the boy hit the boyfriend with a hammer on his head and the mother hammered his limbs to weaken him. They claimed they killed him because he was telling people that the woman had killed her previous boyfriend”, Khalushi said.

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Presh JM Reporter

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