Saturday, October 31, 2020

BDF soldier accused of double murder seeks bail

Thebe Njavera, a 22-year-old Botswana Defense Force (BDF) soldier, who is facing two counts of murder, has pleaded with the Francistown Magistrate, Njabuliso Siziba, to grant him bail.

Njavera, who is based at Donga BDF Military Barracks in Francistown, allegedly murdered his two daughters, aged four and two, at Somerset Extension location in Francistown on the 4th of February this year after an altercation with his girlfriend.

The accused has been in custody pending a psychiatric analysis report.

On Monday, Njavera pleaded with the court to grant him bail as he had been in custody for a long time, adding that investigations in his case are complete.

“The investigations in this case are complete. I plead with the court to grant me bail because I have been remanded in custody for a very long time,” Njavera said.

The prosecutor, Alexander Phale, from the DPP, pleaded with the court to further remand the accused in custody as they are still awaiting the psychiatric report.

 However, after failing to explain to the court why the report has taken long to be complete, the Magistrate warned the prosecution against prejudicing the accused.

“I think this psychiatric analysis report has just taken too long to be completed and such a delay could prejudice the accused. In the next mention you should produce the report in court,” the magistrate said.

The accused will appear for his next mention on the 13 of April this year.

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