Thoriso Themane: Home-owner says youth in his yard bayed for blood over stolen cellphone


  • The Polokwane Excessive Court docket continues to listen to chilling proof of the final second of aspiring musician Thoriso Themane’s life.
  • Themane was killed in February 2019 and the assault was captured on video.
  • A home-owner informed the court docket this week how Themane entered his yard and was chased by youth baying for his blood over a stolen cellphone.

The Polokwane Excessive Court docket in Limpopo this week continued to listen to chilling proof of the final hours within the lifetime of aspiring musician Thoriso Themane who was brutally attacked by a gaggle of minors greater than a yr in the past.

The assault on 23 February 2019 was captured on video, which went viral on social media and led to protests within the metropolis.

Themane, 23, succumbed to his accidents in hospital the next day.

Six minors and two adults, Chuene Maleka and Alfred Mothapo, are showing earlier than Decide Violet Semenya.

The trial is being held behind closed doorways as there are minors concerned.

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In accordance with Nationwide Prosecuting Authority (NPA) provincial spokesperson Mashudu Malabi-Dzhangi, house owner John Stephen Marais testified on Wednesday that Themane bumped into his yard with two teams of kids in scorching pursuit.

The primary group, which included a lady, pursued Themane into the yard however Marais denied the second group entrance.

He noticed the younger woman allegedly slapping the deceased.

Blood

“He realised that Themane was swollen and was oozing blood from the again of his head. The children on the time had been demanding that he be drowned within the swimming pool as a result of he had stolen a cellphone from them,” Malabi-Dzhangi informed News24.

She mentioned Marais informed the court docket that Themane later misplaced consciousness and he took a towel and wrapped him with it.

The children took him out of the yard and he then referred to as the local people police discussion board (CPF).

An accused minor, who was 15 years outdated on the time of the crime, testified that he and 4 pals – together with a lady – had been consuming alcoholic mixers on the park and determined to depart at round 18:00.

Malabi-Dzhangi mentioned: “He informed the court docket that alongside the way in which, they met the deceased, who regarded tipsy and had a mop deal with with him. He requested for a R2 from the woman and hit her with a mop deal with on the hand. The battle ensued.”

Themane then fled. A motorized vehicle approached and Themane wished to jumped in, however the driver kicked him out. The opposite passenger of the automobile opened the boot, took out a jackhammer and hit Thoriso on the top. Themane then fled once more.

The trial continues.

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