Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Judgment in bail application by murder suspects reserved

Lobatse High Court judge Gabriel Rwelengera has reserved reasons for bail application brought before his Court by Hluphekile Dube and Abel Nyasa, both Zimbabwean citizens who are facing charges of having murdered an Indian citizen.

Nyasa, who is currently awaiting trial in Lobatse Prison, was initially charged with Hluphekile Dube, who was working as a maid for the deceased, and Isaac Ngoma, also Zimbabwean.
Ngoma has since turned state witness leaving Nyasa and Dube facing charges.

Bail application for Nyasa was brought before Rwelengera by his lawyer, Dick Bayford, who came into the case later after it had long started on grounds that Nyasa, who is described by some lawyers as “a difficult person to deal with had turned away several lawyers and preferred to represent himself against the charges he was facing.

The state alleges that the deceased was killed by strangulation in the house he was renting in Gaborone’s African Mall area and that after that some currencies of different denominations were taken away by the suspects.
They were arrested some days after the alleged murder in Gaborone.

In a similar case, late last year Judge Maruping Dibotelo heard a case in which two Zimbabwean nationals, Phineas Dube and Thulani Masina, and South African Sibusiso Sibanda are facing charges of having murdered Petros Solomon Du Plessis, a South African citizen on the 6 of August, 2007 in Oodi.

They are also alleged to have attempted to murder Colleen Anna Duplessis and robbed cellphones valued P3000 using violence. The three accused persons are also alleged to have robbed Simbarashe Mude of a cell phone valued at P300 and threatened to shoot him with the guns they had. They are also charged with being in unlawful possession of 9 rounds of ammunition, a revolver and pistol without license.

In December last year Zimbabwean Gerald Dube was executed in Gaborone Maximum Prison after he lost appeal in July. He was found guilty of murdering a former Francistown lawyer her two children and a maid, all of whom were Zimbabweans.


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