Klerksdorp Regional Court in North West has set a trial date for murder case against Mokete Legodi(47) to 30 May 2022. Legodi is facing a murder and kidnapping charge of his two-year-old daughter.
It is alleged that on Thursday,13 May 2021, Legodi went to his girlfriend’s home at extension 20 in Jouberton and took the child without the consent of the mother who was admitted to the hospital at the time. The family members who were taking care of the child assumed he would bring her back as he usually did, but later upon inquiry he denied.
On 14 May 2021 when the mother got discharged from the hospital, she went searching for the baby with the help of family members but could not find her. A case of a missing person was opened at Jouberton police station.
Further investigations by the police led to the arrest of Legodi on Sunday,16 May 2021. He was charged with kidnapping after failing to tell the police the child’s whereabouts. Legodi’s neighbours discovered a bad smell coming from his house and upon investigations they discovered the lifeless body of the child hidden inside the ceiling.
Legodi will remain in police custody until the completion of the trial following the court’s denial of his bail application.