Sunday, March 3, 2024

Cab taxi driver killers have a case to answer-court

Two murder accused persons who allegedly masterminded the killing of Vincent Mopipi a former Deluxe Cab driver have a case to answer and are required to take the witness stand to testify before Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo.

The two accused Mabiletsa and Boikanyo are accused of killing Vincent Mopipi on the night of September 13, 2013 at Block 9 in Gaborone.

When delivering a ruling on the matter, Chief Justice Maruping Dibotelo said the evidence from the 23 witnesses shows that the accused persons have a case to answer.

Dibotelo said most of the evidence before court including the cell phone, butcher knife and cell phone print out from Mascom wireless company linked the two suspects to the possible prime suspects in the murder of the deceased.

He said the accused will have to take witness stand on the 8th November to answer for the case of murder adding that the DNA which was found on Moabi connect the accused person to the murder of the accused. 
The deceased who was a driver for Deluxe Cab Company, met his untimely death while on duty on 13 September 2013.According to trail of court records, the deceased was on duty when the two man allegedly made a phone call to Deluxe Cab control room looking for a transport to pick them up from Tlokweng to Block 9 in Gaborone and the deceased complied to pick them up in Tlokweng  to Gaborone Block 9 where he met his ultimate death.

At the end of the state case, the defense lawyer Kabelo Nkwe and Dikeledi Martin filed a submission of no case to answer but it was not on their favour as Justice Maruping has ruled that the accused person has a case to answer.

According to court records some of the evidence presented in court was a knife which was found in Moabi’s posseession and results of a forensic analysis which was conducted by Botswana Police Service, Boitshepo Bojosi confirming that  Mopipi’s DNA was found in the knife.

The two accused will take witness stand on the 8th  November to answer for the case of murder.


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