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Brendin Horner murder suspects out of jail

Brendin Horner murder suspects out of jail

The two suspects who have been accused of murdering Free State farm manager, Brendin Horner, in October 2020 were both released on bail in the Senekal magistrates court on Tuesday.

This was after evidence emerged that they could not be linked to the murder through DNA analysis.

Sekwetje Mahlamba, 32, and Sekola Matlaletsa, 44, appeared in court to apply for bail based on these and other new facts that the state has now revealed. The two were arrested for the murder of the 21-year-old farm manager in October last year.

Horner’s body was found tied to a pole by his neck just meters from the gate to the house where he lived with his girlfriend. His attackers had  brutally beaten, tortured and strangled him.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping told News24 the court accepted the new facts, which included:

* “The DNA results are available and do not link the accused to the commission of the crime” and

  • “It was initially reported that Horner was killed in the early hours of 2 October, but now the State said he was murdered between 19:00 and 20:00 on 1 October.”

“DNA samples taken from Horner’s bakkie could also not be linked to the two men accused of murdering him on a farm in Paul Roux,” News 24 reported.

It was earlier reported by police that Horner was attacked on DeRots Farm on Friday 2 October 2020, at about 06:30 in Paul Roux, in the Free State.

Senekal detectives later arrested the two suspects at Fateng tse Ntho in Paul Roux. Police recovered blood-stained clothes and shoes which were taken in for forensic tests.

Horner’s murder led to violent protests by farmers at the time. A police vehicle was overturned during one of the demonstrations in Senekal when the suspects originally appeared in court last year.

The case has been postponed to 23 August for a pre-trial hearing in the high court.


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