Sunday, July 3, 2022

Maun crime kingpin behind bars at last

Maun crime kingpin, Nicky Masheko, has finally landed behind bars after many years which saw him playing cat and mouse games with law enforcement officers.

Masheko , a former soldier, had been charged together with other accused persons several times over the years but in the end either won the case against him, his charges withdrawn or turned state witness whilst facing serious charges such as armed robbery.

Most of his former co-accused are currently serving long sentences in prisons around the country.
But Masheko’s escapades came to an end last week when Maun Chief Magistrate, Clifford Foroma, sentenced him to four years imprisonment after he was found with falsified documents relating to cars believed to have been stolen in South Africa.

In one count, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment, two of which were suspended on grounds that he does not commit a similar offence within a period of two years.

Foroma, in his judgment, said the crime was a serious one and should be dealt with accordingly to guard against Botswana becoming a hub of stolen cars from South Africa.

In another case, the notorious Masheko was sentenced to five years imprisonment, three of which were wholly suspended together with Kemohilwe Molefe for having fraudulently sold a piece of land worth P117,590 to Trevor William and Antony Michler.

Masheko is next month expected to return to Court to answer to another charge of having fraudulently sold a piece of land in Maun. In that case he appears together with Maun lawyer Charles Tlaagae.

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