Agnes Segomotsi Setshwantsho, the woman accused of orchestrating the murders of several family members for insurance payouts, faced a significant legal setback as her bail application was denied by the Mmabatho Magistrates Court.
Agnes Segomotsi Setshwantsho bail denied: Here’s the latest
Setshwantsho, labelled as an ‘insurance fraud killer,’ has been the centre of a shocking case that echoes the infamous Rosemary Ndlovu saga.
Setshwantsho’s bail hearing culminated on Friday in the North West, with the court finding her ineligible for release, citing the lack of exceptional circumstances to warrant her freedom.
The 49-year-old stands accused of a heinous crime: murdering her niece by poisoning, among other charges, including murder, fraud, and defeating the ends of justice.
The courtroom, packed with family members and concerned citizens, erupted in joy and relief as the bail verdict was announced.
Allegations against Setshwantsho include the death of her niece, Bonolo Modiseemang, in March 2023, initially declared as a natural death.
Investigations revealed that Modiseemang was poisoned after consuming a sandwich allegedly given by Setshwantsho.
Reports state that Setshwantsho took out an R3 million life policy on Modiseemang six months before her demise.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) is also probing the mysterious deaths of Setshwantsho’s husband, two daughters, son, and brother, raising alarming questions about her involvement.
What do Setshwantsho and Rosemary Ndlovu have in common?
The story draws chilling parallels to Rosemary Ndlovu, a former policewoman convicted of murdering six people, including her partner and five relatives, between 2012 and 2018, to claim life insurance payouts.
Ndlovu’s case, which concluded in 2021, saw her sentenced to six concurrent life terms for the murders and an additional 30 years for various fraud counts.
Like Setshwantsho, Ndlovu’s motive was financial gain from insurance policies.
Setshwantsho will be back in court on 28 March 2024 for pretrial hearings.