A respectable businessman by day and a serial burglar who broke into offices stealing computers by night ÔÇô this is a Jekyll and Hyde portrait of Indian businessman Ashaf Ali Lambe, 43, that is being painted by the charge sheet before the Gaborone Extension II Magistrate Court
Lambe, who runs a computer shop in Gaborone, and his accomplice, Simon Kaise, 32, recently appeared for mention before principal magistrate, Dumsile Faith Dlamini-Ngandu, of the Extension II magistrate court.
The duo is alleged to have broken into the store-room of Broadband Botswana (BBI) on February 11, 2006 and stole a black Proline computer valued at P6, 000.
Eight months later, the pair allegedly broke into the Madirelo Training and Testing Centre offices on October 10, 2006 and stole two central processing units whose serial numbers were given as G098057 and G141787.
On a breaking and stealing spree, the two allegedly broke into the offices belonging to attorney Doreen Khama on January 14, 2007 stealing two computer central processing units.
They are further alleged to have returned to the Broadband Botswana Internet offices again where this time they broke in and stole one monitor and two central processing units valued at P6 116.
Lambe is represented by attorney, Usafh Petkar, whilst Kaise is unrepresented.
The trial will resume on July 21, 2007.
In another case, Terese Serameng, 29, of Mosetlheng Ward in Tlokweng, and Modise Baoke of Molepolole were in the dock on a charge of robbery.
The two are said to have robbed Pencil Mokgosi of P5 000 on September 9, 2006 near Orapa House and used violence against Mokgosi.
The case will resume on September 15, 2007.
Also appearing before the same magistrate was Maria Kwenda, 45, who is facing 35 counts of obtaining by false pretences.
Kwenda is alleged to have operated as a bogus estate agent and defrauded desperate accommodation seekers in Gaborone of thousands of pulas.