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DNA sample from Brendin Horner vehicle not a match for one suspect, court told

The court is hearing a bail application from Sekola Matlaletsa and Sekwetja Mahlamba, who are accused of killing the 21-year-old farm manager.

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

SENEKAL - It has been revealed in the Senekal Magistrates Court that the DNA of one of the accused is not the same as the DNA found in Brendin Horner's car.

The court is hearing a bail application from Sekola Matlaletsa and Sekwetja Mahlamba, who are accused of killing the 21-year-old farm manager.

Horner was found dead, tied to a fence on the farm he worked on in Paul Roux earlier this month.

The pair have denied being involved, with both saying that they were at home on the evening that Horner died.

The State has told the court that DNA swabs of the two accused were taken to a private laboratory last week and compared to the DNA found in Horner's bakkie.

The 21-year-old's bakkie was found on the N5 facing Bethlehem after it was allegedly taken by the men who killed Horner.

The DNA from the vehicle did not match the swab from one of the accused while the swab of the other accuse was defective.

This rattles the State's case, which is founded on how the two men killed Horner, took his bakkie and left it on the N5 highway.

The State said that another test was being conducted in a state laboratory but for the purposes of bail, only the results that are already available will be considered.

Earlier, the court heard how the man accused of threatening witnesses in the Brendin Horner case was related to one of the accused.

On Tuesday morning, the investigating officer in the matter told the court that one of the witnesses would have to go into protection following the threats.

During the cross-examination of Captain Gerhardus Myburgh, it was revealed that the person accused of threatening the State’s witness was closely related to Matlaletsa.

The court heard that he sent a person to see the witness while she was at a funeral in Phuthaditjhaba to warn that she would not see the beginning of December if she continued to testify.

The magistrate asked why Myburgh did not reveal this when he first told the court of the intimidation.

He said it was because of the sensitivity of the case.

The magistrate also asked how the witness's identity was revealed as only a person with access to the docket would know this.

Myburgh said that the witness may have also been seen in the company of police.

Myburgh told the court that no case has been opened following the threats, but they have launched an investigation and the witness will be put into a protection programme.

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