The police officer who was brutally murdered in his home in the Moot area of Pretoria, was allegedly part of a love triangle shortly before his death, his family said.
Lieutenant-Colonel Reinier Lagois, 42, was reportedly shot 14 times at his home two weeks ago. The Hawks have since arrested a Pretoria West police officer in connection with the murder.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the officer, Constable Rishen Rampashard, was arrested on Friday and briefly appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Hennie Lagois, a brother of the deceased officer, said his brother had lived with his ex-girlfriend, a former station commander at the Pretoria West police, in the house where he was murdered.
“They were lovers and owned the property jointly. They had broken up though and he was sleeping in a separate room. He was planning on moving out shortly before his death, as they were not on speaking terms,” he told Rekord Moot on Wednesday.
According to Hennie, the woman was inside the house when Lagois was shot.
“Police haven’t had a chance to take her statement, as she was taken to a psychiatric hospital shortly after the murder.”
Hennie said his brother had seen Rampashard driving the woman’s car on several occasions after the couple had broken up.
He said the family was still trying to determine the motive for the killing.
“We don’t know why he was killed. Our family is not taking this well, especially my mother. We were six siblings and one of our brothers is now gone,” said Hennie.
Mulaudzi said Rampashard remained in police custody.
“His case was postponed to 8 February, for a bail application,” Mulaudzi said.
– Caxton News Service