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A 38-year-old Potchefstroom man ‘Joseph Phage’ is currently facing murder charges for killing his ex-girlfriend’s child

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A 38-year-old man identified as Joseph Phage is currently facing a court trial at the Potchefstroom Magistrate court for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s child.

Joseph was arrested after his victim’s body (Kamgeli Sithole) was discovered in his shack in a settlement located at Ikegeng in Potchefstroom.

Speaking on the matter was the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Henry Mamothame who said according to the police Joseph was arrested on Monday 8 November 2021.

“Police reports revealed that Phage was arrested on Monday 8 November 2021, following an incident wherein the body of 10-year-old Kamogelo Sithole was found inside his shack,”

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He said the suspect had first appeared in court on 4 November to face a charge of attempted murder after his then-girlfriend opened an earlier case against him in 2021.

“Phage is said to have left the court without appearing and a warrant for his arrest was issued,” he said.

Mamothame said that Phage had later allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend’s 10-year-old daughter at a primary school in Ikageng. He then took her to an unknown location.

“Following the child’s disappearance, the mother reported a case of kidnapping at a local police station. The Police arrested Phage on Sunday 07 November 2021 at Zakhele informal settlement, and upon his arrest, Phage failed to disclose the whereabouts of the child,” he said.

“On Monday 08 November 2021, the police proceeded to the Phage’s place to search it, they discovered the lifeless body of Kamogelo hidden under the bed. Preliminary investigations indicate that she may have been strangled and police are not ruling out a possibility of her being raped and further investigations are underway,” he said.

Mamothame said that the NPA had assigned a capable team of prosecutors to ensure that justice is served.

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