Gaborone attorney Shame Taimu last week pleaded with Molepolole Magistrate Dumisani Basupi to have mercy when passing sentence in the trailblazing case in which Bakwena royal, Kgosikwena Sebele, has been convicted of stock theft.
Taimu pleaded with Magistrate Basupi to give his client a suspended sentence, considering the fact that he has an outstanding record of service to the public.
When making final submissions in the case, Taimu pleaded with the magistrate to take into consideration the fact that Kgosikwena is a judicial officer who, in the course of carrying out his duties, has sent a number of individuals to jail.
“If he is convicted, he might come face to face with some of these people, and there is a possibility that they may harm him in revenge,” he said.
Magistrate Basupi asked state prosecutor Thato Dibeela if there is no special dispensation that can be accorded Sebele, besides sending him to jail, at which point he was told that jail is the only alternative.
The magistrate then commented that he knew of countries where there are house arrests or offenders being tagged as an alternative to sending them to jail.
While the sentencing for stock theft cases remains mandatory, Taimu posited that the court has the powers to reduce the stipulated minimum sentence to a suspended sentence.
Once again, Bakwena tribesmen, who had thronged the court to hear the sentence, were disappointed as Magistrate Basupi postponed sentencing to February 8th.