The councilor for Mhalapitsa/Pilikwe/Maape Ward in Tswapong South Constituency, Jeremiah Ramodisa, has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of murdering his wife.
Ramodisa took the plea before Francistown High Court Judge Justice Zibani Makhwade on Monday.
The particulars of the offence are that on the 13th of February, 2011 Ramodisa, a BDP councillor, allegedly shot his wife to death with a 306 rifle in Maape Village in the Central District, in what is believed to have emanated from a love wrangle.
Giving evidence in court on Monday, his brother, Moremi Mochu Terata, said that the horrific incident occurred after an attempt by the families of the accused and the deceased to resolve the dispute.
“The accused always had misunderstandings with his wife and on that fateful day, we had convened a family meeting to try and resolve their misunderstandings,” said Terata.
According to the witness, Ramodisa had always accused his wife of having an extra-marital affair.
The witness further said that after the meeting, he went to his sister’s yard, who is a neighbour to Ramodisa. He said after a while he heard a gunshot coming from the accused’s yard and when he rushed to the place, he found Ramodisa’s wife lying dead in a pool of blood.
The witness said the Ramodisa then told him that he had solved the problem and asked the witness to call the police.
“I then called the police from Mahalapye who came and took us together with the accused to give statements,” the witness said.
Another witness, Ramodisa’s cousin, Tlhotlomiso Raiyo, told court that on that day, the dispute between Ramodisa and his wife had been resolved and the two had reconciled.
“To my amazement, within a few minutes after Ramodisa had gone to his yard, I heard a gunshot and I rushed to his home only to find his wife lying in a pool of blood. I was very shocked as the dispute had been solved and everything seemed back to normal,” Raiyo said.
A photo album, a post-mortem report, a 306 rifle and three live rounds of ammunition were all admitted as exhibits in court.
The accused’s bail was extended after a request by his attorney, Letsweletse Dingake of Dingake and Partners as he has always honoured his bail conditions. The state did not oppose the application.
Kabelo Gaonyadiwe from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions is prosecuting. The case continues.