Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Francistown soldier charged with attempted murder refused bail

A Botswana Defense Force (BDF) soldier who recently shot his girlfriend and her mother, leaving them hospitalized with critical injuries, on Friday pleaded with Francistown Chief Magistrate Mokwadi Gabanage to grant him bail.

Thirty-five-year-old Batsile Kesupile, a lance corporal based at the Area S military barracks in Francistown, told magistrate Gabanagae that he is a breadwinner, and that his family will suffer as there will be no one to provide for them if he is remanded in custody. He further pleaded with the court to give him a chance to liaise with his attorney.

Batsile‘s appeal was, however, vehemently opposed by state prosecutor Nancy Obonye who said that his release would compromise police investigations as they are still in infancy. She further argued that the state prosecution is still awaiting a ballistic report with regards to the gun that was used to commit the offense. Obonye also stated that the victims are still in a very critical condition at Nyangabwe hospital.

When making his ruling, Magistrate Gabanagae said that it would be unreasonable to give the accused bail at this time as police investigations are still fresh. He also said that the state had to consider that the accused had committed a very serious offense.
Magistrate Gabanage however ruled that Kesupile has to be accorded an opportunity to meet his attorney while in custody.

Kesupile is facing two counts of attempted murder, after he shot his girlfriend Nametsagang Stelwart and her mother, Cecilia Mphathiwa in early January. He made his first court appearance last week, after his parents handed him over to the police following a three-day manhunt.

Meanwhile, three suspects pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal possession of elephant tasks. According to the charge sheet, the trio, Bernard Ncengani, Sam Dingalo and Lizzy Leonard were arrested in Bluetown location after failing to produce an authorizing license in connection with the tusks. The two tusks are said to be worth around P44 000.

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