P1m theft case continues today

| June 27, 2013

A Broadhurst magistrate court has denied bail to five men accused of stealing over P1 million. On Friday last week, the men were arraigned on a single count of theft each, but it is expected that more counts will be added when the case continues today in what is fast becoming a complex web of fraud and theft spanning the length and breadth of Botswana.

Overwhelming evidence adduced by the investigating officer Detective Sergeant Marapo may have prompted the magistrate hearing the case, Monash Ndlovu, to deny the accused bail. The five are Steady Lerubisi (33), Onalethata Molatlhiwa (26), Bonolo Lekobe (28), Davies Modutlwe (25) and Tumisang Monau (31). They are alleged to have stolen P250, 000 from Red East Construction Company sometime in May 2013.  The money is expected to run into millions when the accused persons appear again today.

This is after Marapo testified that he had received bank documents which show a transfer of more than P1, 4 million connected to the case. He also said police were on the trail of four other persons not before the court who are potential accomplices in the theft. The investigating officer revealed that the police had managed to freeze P600 000 in the bank accounts of Lerubisi, Molatlhiwa and Lekobe.




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