A 29-year-old man of Francistown rendered his co-accused innocent of a charge of theft and pleaded guilty himself before Francistown Principal Magistrate Peggy Madandume.
He told the Magistrate that during the commission of crime, his co-accused was not present and the court must free him because he is innocent.
The two accused men, Shadreck Peter and Othusitse Mbulawa, on the 28 of March in 2008 at Nzano Centre shopping complex in Francistown, are alleged to have stolen a brief case belonging to one Gerald John Saunders, containing a Botswana Passport, Omang, Botswana rifle license, South African Rifle license, 1000 Mozambican Meticais, 1000 Namibian dollars, 300 business papers, Landrover keys, 2 N80 Nokia cell phones and P8000.
According to the facts from the prosecution, Saunders, the complainant, and his wife were having a meal in a Chinese Restaurant and placed the briefcase next to his chair.
Peter and Mbulawa are said to have snatched the brief case and ran away. Saunders tried to pursue the two men but to no avail then reported the matter to Kutlwano Police Station.
The matter was then investigated and the accused men were arrested the same day. They were then interrogated by the Police who they led behind Naledi Motors where they showed the police part of the items which they had been abandoned.
The police seized the items and Saunders identified them as his. Some of the items had already been sold and cash amounting to P1170 was recovered from the first accused.
The case continues.