Friday, December 4, 2020

Counsellor faces murder charges

Maape residents in Tswapong South will for sometime be without a political representative at Central District Council following the arrest of the Village Counsellor who is facing a murder charge.

On Tuesday Maapa counsellor, Jeremiah Ramodisa, 54, a Botswana Democratic Party counsellor, appeared briefly before the Palapye Magistrate Court to answer to murder charges.
Ramodisa is accused of shooting to death his wife after a heated argument.

The station commander of Palapye Police Station, Superintendent Kenneth Masole, told Sunday Standard that “we are investigating an incident in which Maape counselor is being questioned following the death of his wife”.

He said on Sunday they received a report that a 49-year-old woman had allegedly been shot to death.
Masole said although police investigations are still in the early stages, they gathered that the couple had some misunderstanding that could have led to the shooting.

“We have been told that a few hours before the incident there was a meeting between the two families, discussing about the dispute between the couple,” he said.

He further said that the suspect himself called the police from the crime scene.

“The suspect is in police custody and he is expected to appear before the Palapye Magistrate Court sometime this week charged with murder while investigations are still ongoing,” he said
Masole said this is the first incident that they have recorded since the beginning of the year.
The Executive secretary of BDP, Dr Coma Serema, said, “We have been informed about the incident”.

“As BDP, we want the police to do their work and we do not want to interfere with police investigations; we will call our press conference sometime later,” he said.

Serema said BDP is also worried about passion killings and appealed to the public to seek help when they have social problems because talking somebody’s life does not resolve any problem.
Ramodisa remains in custody and will appear in court on the first of next month.

Police investigations are continuing.

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