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Free State councillor denied bail after attempting to kill wife, self

The Virginia Magistrate’s Court in the Free State has denied bail to a councillor who attempted to commit suicide after allegedly stabbing his wife several times.

The 43-year-old ward councillor in Matjhabeng appeared in court on an attempted murder charge.

He was arrested after his wife Selwane Diphoko (46) reported him to the police after she was stabbed and severely assaulted on 18 April at their home.

“The complainant alleges that her husband arrived home intoxicated on the said day. A squabble ensued between the couple which led to the Councillor assaulting and stabbing his wife multiple times with a kitchen knife,” says Free State police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele.

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“It is also alleged that the councillor, after the ordeal, took a rope and attempted to hang himself from the ceiling trap door. The wife managed to cut the rope with a knife and he fell on the floor.

“She then went to report the incident at the police station.”

The case has been postponed to 7 May for further investigation.

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