Saturday, March 6, 2021

Francistown police arrest siblings for murder

FRANCISTOWN: Police here have arrested two siblings in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old man at a location known as Coloured. 

The deceased hails from Senyawe village in the North-East District. Francistown Police Station Commander Superintendent Lebalang Maniki confirmed the incident to The Telegraph on Monday. He said the gruesome incident happened on Saturday afternoon.

“We were reported of the murder incident on Saturday afternoon by members of the public. We arrested two siblings who are aged 34 and 24 years. It appears the deceased was stabbed with a sharp object. He was rushed to Nyangabwe Referral Hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival,” he said.

He said the suspects were arraigned at Francistown Magistrate Court on Monday morning adding that investigations are still on-going. A plea has been reserved. Maniki said this is the second murder incident in his policing area since the beginning of the year. He however said despite the low number of murder cases in his policing area, any loss of human life should be a cause of concern.

“We have low murder cases in my policing area but any loss of life should be a concern. Life is a precious gift that should be protected at all costs,” he said.

Asked on gender-based violence cases which are currently skyrocketing country wide, he said it is encouraging to note that they have not had such cases since the beginning of the year. He also said they have not registered any passion killing cases this year.

Meanwhile Maniki raised concern over members of the public who continue to ignore Corvid 19 health regulations. He said they continue to violate regulations by not putting on masks. He revealed that they have since arrested 87 people who have already been charged. He revealed that they have charged them in between P200 to P1000 for admission of guilt.

“We also have a problem of those people who drink alcohol in prohibited areas. We continue to make arrests and charge them,” he said.

On illegal immigrants, Maniki said the situation has been manageable. He also said that crime was very low during the lockdown period owing to increased law enforcement patrols. He further said that the restricted movement of people also helped reduce criminal incidents particularly house breakings and theft as people stayed in their homes. Road traffic accidents were very low due to these restrictions.

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