Monday, May 20, 2024

Judgment reserved in double murder case

Lobatse High Court judge Tebogo Tau has reserved judgment in a case in which a Manyana man, Keemenao Letlole, is facing charges of having murdered his wife, Tebogo Letlole, and son, Godfrey Katlo Letlole on 4 May 2011 in Manyana.

In his final submission, Mpho Letswalo of the Directorate of Public Prosecution, submitted that the state has proved its case that Letlole murdered the two persons because he admitted that he has hit Tebogo three times on the head with a metal rod, adding that the accused also confessed that he had “pressed the metal rod on Katlo’s neck and the baby was just quiet while the mother was seriously bleeding.

“I am not sure If I hit the child on the head.”

He further said that the submission that Katlo was hit by Tebogo must be ignored and treated as false and highly improbable and treated as an afterthought which shows that the accused person is not a credible person.

The accused person, Letsoalo further submitted, was not credible and never took the confidence of Court into his hands and was very evasive in answering direct questions.

He also submitted that the accused person had quite frankly brought afterthought testimony about having drunk 9 litres of Chibuku in one and half hours which he submitted was an impossible feat and that he had drunk some beers and smoked dagga on his own without any witnesses.

The accused, he said, has failed to bring one witness to support his allegations even to say at least where he smoked the dagga. His allegations of a fight with his wife were not supported by fact either through the witness or injuries on his body.

Responding to submissions by Letswalo, defence lawyer Ofentse Khumomotse submitted that prosecution’s case is essentially built around two eye witnesses, being Keabetswe Letlole, who testified of peaceful and cordial relationship between Tebogo and the accused on the night before the alleged murder.

Further and more important, he submitted, Keabetswe could not dispute whether or not the two had fought before she woke up. This, he says, only leaves the version of the accused person as to the sequence of events preceeding the physical confrontation with Tebogo Letlole.


Read this week's paper