Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Court defers case for teacher on murder charge

The Kanye Magistrates’ court has deferred to December 5 case in which Gaone Molwalefe, a secondary school teacher, is facing two murder charges, and a case of arson.

The magistrate will make a ruling on whether to revoke his bail and remand him in custody after the prosecution told the court that one of the victims died in hospital.

It is alleged that the 37-year-old teacher killed Grace Matlapeng on September 28 at or near Sedudu ward, Moshupa village. Magistrate Bosele Busang gave him bail on grounds that the prosecution had failed to put forward any evidence indicating that Molwalefe might interfere with witnesses or abscond.

Matlapeng is said to have met her death when Molwalefe allegedly poured an inflammable liquid and then set fire to the house she and other family members were sleeping in. Molwalefe is charged with attempted murder on allegations that the same fire nearly killed Neelo Kgosikwena, Kealeboga Magwadi and Evelyn Matlapeng. The fire destroyed property worth over P13, 000.

┬áIn another matter the magistrate’s released on bail a police officer and a traditional doctor who are facing four charges of stock theft.

Delivering the ruling, last Thursday, Magistrate Bosele Busang stated that the prosecution had failed to demonstrate how the accused persons would jeopardize their investigations if granted bail. Busang said they had failed to give enough evidence that the two will interfere with investigating officer’s duty.

The two men, Clifford Kemmonye, a police officer, and Johane Pusinyane, a traditional doctor, are alleged to have stolen 23 goats valued at close to P17,000 in October this year at Mmamorolong and Gakhudu lands near Moshupa.

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