Brendin Horner murder: Lawyers for one of accused wait for DNA results

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Sekwetje Mahlamba was denied bail in the Senekal Magistrates Court on Thursday while his co-accused Sekola Matlaletsa was granted R5,000 bail.

Sekola Matlaletsa and Sekwetja Mahlamba, two suspects accused of murdering Brendin Horner at the Senekal Magistrates court on 16 October 2020. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

SENEKAL – Lawyers for one of the men accused of killing Brendin Horner on Thursday said they would wait for his DNA results in order to appeal the bail verdict.

Sekwetje Mahlamba was denied bail in the Senekal Magistrates Court while his co-accused Sekola Matlaletsa was granted R5,000 bail.

The pair are accused of killing the 21-year-old farm manager earlier this month.

This week the court heard how Matlaletsa’s DNA did not match the DNA found in Horner’s bakkie. Mahlamba’s results were inconclusive.

Lawyers for the defence argued that magistrate Deon van Rooyen erred in his analysis of the evidence before him, particularly on the allegation that Mahlamba was seen walking down a mountain at 6am on the morning after Horner was killed.

Matlaletsa’s lawyer, Machini Motloung, said they were pleased with the court’s ruling, but believed Mahlamba should have also been granted bail.

Mahlamba’s lawyer, Joseph Kgoelenya, said they were awaiting his DNA results.

“The DNA that has been sent – we don’t know when it will come back. But if we get it before a month from now, we can always approach the same presiding officer on new things,” he said.

The matter was postponed to 1 December for further investigation.

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