Mbalambi Man Appears for Defilement

| April 29, 2015

A 68-year old Mbalambi man briefly appeared before Masunga magistrate, Ms Onkarabile Mokone, on Tuesday (April 28) on a single count of defilement of a mentally unstable person.

According to the charge sheet, Keletetswe Chuma, had carnal knowledge of a mentally unstable woman in Mbalambi on September 2013.

The accused, who told the court that he would conduct his own defence as he could not afford a lawyer, entered a plea of not guilty. He will appear again on May 11, where the prosecution will be expected to file a summary of the case and Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) prosecutor, Mr Odirile Kahengua appeared for the state.

Still in court, a Botswana Police Service prosecutor, Sergeant Paphidzo Kuda applied for another mention date in a case in which Thebe Serile, aged 58, is accused of the murder of his mother, Kereeletswe Makandiko on or about April 11 this year in Nshakazhogwe.

Sgt Kuda informed the court that investigations were still ongoing, adding that the investigating officer was yet to record statements from witnesses.

Applying for further remand of the accused person, he also told the court that the prosecution was still awaiting a post-mortem report and the presiding magistrate Mokone set May 12 as the next mention date. Meanwhile, a Zimbabwean national, Mdududzi Moyo, aged 30, also appeared before the same court on a charge of murder.

Still representing the state, Sgt Kuda said the prosecution was still awaiting a post-mortem report and applied that the accused be further remanded in custody.

Addressing the court, the accused said he had handed himself over to the police four days after the commission of the offence and that he had confessed to having indeed committed it, though not intentionally.

He said the knife that was used in the deceased’s murder was not his, but rather belonged to a friend of the deceased.

Magistrate Mokone aised Moyo to refrain from uttering statements at this stage of the proceedings that could later implicate him, but that he should rather wait to divulge such information at trial stage.

Moyo allegedly murdered Mkhululi Mpofu, also a Zimbabwean national, at Chintela lands near Senete on February 4, this year. He will appear again before court on May 12 for another mention.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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