Sunday, June 16, 2024

Drug case delayed as forensics await technicians from SA

In a case in which five Francistown men were apprehended after being found with a substance suspected to be cocaine last week, the prosecution deferred the case to another date after informing the court that the results from the forensics had been delayed due to technical problems with the forensics equipment.

The prosecutor, David Ramoseki from the Department of Public Prosecution, pleaded with Francistown Chief Magistrate Mokwadi Gabanagae to give him ample time for the forensics department to furnish prosecution with the results.

Ramoseki told court that the machine used by the forensics had technical problems; therefore the forensics expert had informed prosecution that they were still waiting for the technicians from the Republic of South Africa to come and maintain the equipment.

The five men, David Kgalemang, Lekgaba Patrick, Terrance Mbongwe, Badubi Phanankosi and Moganane Nonofo, all Francistown residents, were arrested on August 29 this year after being found with a substance suspected to be cocaine wrapped in seven plastic bags.

In yet another incident last week, Alfred Koroni, a 44-year old man of Tonota, was remanded in custody in connection with the murder of a middle-aged man of Madisakwane Ward in Tonota.

According to the station commander of Tonota Police station, Robin Mphoeng, the Police patrol team that was on duty during the early hours of Saturday, found the body dumped in the thicket. Mphoeng mentioned that the deceased was then taken to the hospital where he was certified dead. The police then went to interrogate Koroni because he stayed with the deceased.

“The suspect had some wounds and could not answer any of the questions we asked about the incident therefore he became the prime suspect,” said Mphoeng.

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