Mooinooi murders accused sentenced to 26 years for another murder case

James Aaron Sithole

One of the accused in the gruesome Mooinooi murder case was sentenced to 26 years imprisonment for another murder case.

James Aaron Sithole (26) who currently stands trial for the gruesome murders of two Mooinooi women, Joey and Anisha van Niekerk in December 2017, was sentenced in the Mogwase circuit court on Monday for the murder of Mandie Mey in Rustenburg in 2014.

In both cases, the mastermind in the murders, Koos Strydom, wanted the women’s properties and allegedly ordered Sithole and others to kill the women. Strydom died in prison in September last year after he presumably took his own life by taking an overdose of pills or drinking poison.

The court found that it was Sithole that shot Mey in the head and killed her during what was supposed to look like a robbery at her house in 2014.

Mey and Strydom were negotiating the sale of her property at the time of her death. Both had taken out life policies as surety until the transaction was completed. It is believed Strydom ordered Sithole to kill Mey during what was supposed to look like a robbery. She was shot dead on her property. Strydom received R1.8 million from her policy.

Both murder cases have been ongoing since 2018.

Sithole will also appear in court again on 11 Augustus, with three co-accused, when the Mooinooi murder case resumes. He is accused of raping and hanging the two Van Niekerk women.

As in the Mey case, Strydom was in the process of buying the Van Niekerk couple’s property. The women were abducted, tortured, raped and forced to sign a sales agreement. They were then hanged and their bodies burned.

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