The accused in the Karabo Mokoena murder case, Sandile Mantsoe, claims that she had attempted suicide several times before she succeeded in April last year.
Mokoena was killed in April last year. Her charred body was discovered in an open veld.
Captain Rogers Mahundla from Sandton police read out out a statement he obtained from Mantsoe on Thursday.
Mahundla testified Mantsoe said one of Mokoena’s Nigerian ex-boyfriends once hit her until she miscarried while another one raped her leaving her angry and depressed. As a result, she attempted suicide a number of times while they were together.
Mantsoe’s statement said that on April 27 last year, Mokoena was at her parental home in Diepkloof as they were no longer together, but she sent him a message saying she missed him and wanted to see him. He said despite seeing her and spending some time together, he told her he no longer wanted to be with her.
He claims he left her in his Sandton apartment, but when he came back, Mokoena was on the floor with blood coming from her neck. He said he panicked, put her body in a pikitup dustbin, wheeled her out to his car, and drove her to Bramley. He said he put the tyre and fuel on her and burnt her.
Mantsoe also claimed he had bi-polar and was on medication. The trial continues.