Oct 21, 2021

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‘I didn’t want to go to jail for rape’: Man pleads guilty to stabbing, torching Gomolemo Legae

A teenager who stabbed an 18-year-old girl 25 times and after realizing she was still alive, set her on fire and pleaded guilty of rape and murder in the North West High Court .

Karabo Bahurutshe, 19, gave a creepy testimony telling the court that he killed his girlfriend Gomolemo Legae from Seweding village because he didn’t want to go to jail after she threatened trial Initiate rape against him.


Through his legal guardian, Bahurutshe informed the court that it all started in a tavern where he drank alcohol and smoked dagga.

He said while he was at the tavern, Legae arrived with her friends and later told him that she wanted to have intercourse with him.

Bahurutshe told the court that Legae changed her mind after telling her that they wouldn’t have sex with him, but on the street.

Bahu rutshe said he then took out a knife and forced her to undress and raped her.

“I always knew that my behavior was illegal and criminal,” he said.

He said after the ordeal, Legae threatened to initiate rape proceedings against him. “I didn’t want to go to jail. I started stabbing her several times, “Bahurutshe said.

Bahurutshe said he realized that Legae was still alive even after stabbing her 25 times.

He said he left her on the floor and went to a nearby gas station and bought gasoline in a 2 liter bottle.

He said he poured it on her body, but she died anyway I did it, “he told the court.

Legae’s family cried uncontrollably when the details became known.

After the adjournment of the court, Lega’s aunt Gadifele Mashetla said she was happy that Bahurutshe has pleaded guilty.

“At least the green light has been given now. I want a harder sentence for him. I want him to go to jail for the rest of his life, “she said.

A few weeks after Legae was killed, she said her father took his own life because he killed his Daughter couldn’t stand and the way she died.

“We lost three family members because of this boy. It wasn’t just Gomolemo’s father who died. Her grandmother also died after her father killed himself. We’re injured. “

Justice FrancesSnyman moved the case to Friday so that legal representatives can submit their submissions.