Senekal dna evidence suspect

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Just in: DNA evidence ‘does not match’ sample from Senekal murder suspect

This development has the potential to flip the Senekal murder case on its head: The state has revealed one suspect ‘does not match’ crucial DNA evidence.

Senekal dna evidence suspect

Photo: CarteBlanche / Twitter

The court case that has rocked our nation took a dramatic turn on Tuesday, after DNA evidence provided by the state revealed that there was no match with one of the suspects accused of killing young farm manager Brendin Horner. This comes less than two weeks after protesters in Senekal attempted to ‘grab hold’ of the accused in their holding cells.

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Sekwetje Isaiah Mahlamba and Sekola Piet Matlaletsa were believed to have been behind the killing which turned the Free State town on its head and lifted the lid on simmering racial tensions. Protests and counter-protests ensured that Senekal became the nation’s flashpoint. The pair appeared in court on Tuesday for their bail hearing.

Horner’s body was discovered on a farm outside Paul Roux by his father Robbie, and his colleague, Jaco Kleingeld. He was tied with a rope around his neck to a pole and had injuries to his head and face. The suspected attackers were both arrested within 48 hours of the crime near Senekal, but major doubts have now been cast upon one of the accused.

Brendin Horner: One suspect ‘excluded’ by DNA evidence – what happens now?

It’s understood that DNA samples taken from a private lab were compared with swabs taken from Brendin Horner’s blood-stained bakkie. The evidence, however, does not match with the buccal sample provided by one of the two on trial in Senekal. The state has confirmed they won’t identify whether it’s Mahlamba or Matlaletsa who has been excluded.

The court case continues on Tuesday afternoon, as closing arguments for the bail applications are made.

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