Monday, June 21, 2021

Defense lawyer demands ballistics report in arms of war case

A lawyer representing Letsholathebe Mogogodi, who was allegedly found with weapons suspected to be arms of war, has asked the prosecution to produce a report from a ballistics expert to support their case.

Appearing before Francistown Magistrate Thebeitsiile Molalu, the defence lawyer, Keitshekile Sechele, of Mmohe Attorneys, said that Mogogodi has never denied ownership of the weapon and has maintained that it is a pellet gun, which uses pellets instead of bullets.

The gun was produced before court.

Sechele further told court that there was no supporting evidence that the weapon can be considered arms of war.

“I think we will have to do some preparatory examination in this matter to determine if there is any case to answer,” Sechele told the court.

According to the charge sheet, Mogogodi was found in possession of the weapon in Francistown on 30th May in 2010.

The state still has not yet provided a ballistics expert’s report to establish if the weapon can, indeed, be classified as arms of war.

Mogogodi is currently out on bail.

The Magistrate demanded that the prosecution provides a ballistics report to augment their charge and further allowed the defence to make its preparatory examinations.
The case will continue next month, February.

Meanwhile, two women of Makobo Village, in the Tonota North District, also appeared briefly before Magistrate Molalu, to answer to a charge of unlawful possession of a substance suspected to be marijuana, weighing 47 kg.

According to the facts from the prosecution, the two accused women, of Shangano Ward in Makobo, were nabbed by the Police after a tip off from the public that they were in possession of dagga.
The women, also represented by Sechele, have pleaded not guilty to the offence.

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