In yet another shocking incident, the police busted a backyard abortion syndicate that assisted a 28-year-old woman of Tutume Village to kill her newborn baby in Tati Siding Village, 15 km from Francistown.
According to the Acting Commander of Gerald Police station, Mogomotsi Kwapa, the police were alerted by fellow officers of Tutume Police Station after they had arrested Joyce Tshekedi of Magapatona Ward on allegations infanticide.
Tshekedi’s parents, who had know of their daughter’s eight-month pregnancy, were shocked to see that she no longer showed signs of being pregnant.
They interrogated their daughter who revealed that she had an abortion in Tati Siding Village between the 11th and 13th with the assistance of 3 other women.
The parents then informed the Tutume Police.
The accused, with Tshekedi, all appeared before Principal Magistrate Maggy Madandome on Monday to answer for a single count of abortion procurement.
Tshekedi, who is unemployed, revealed to court that she allowed Onkabetse Boitumelo, Chandapiwa Badiyi and Koketso Nyame to insert a certain portion into her private parts to trigger an abortion or miscarriage.
It is alleged that after she delivered the baby, she wrapped it in a plastic bag and threw it into a neighbour’s toilet.
The state Prosecutor, Chimbisana Sechele, applied that all of them be remanded in custody while police investigations are still on-going to prevent them from tempering with evidence or bribing witnesses.
Kwapa said the police are still waiting for the post-mortem results.