On Monday, a 37-year-old man, of Botshabelo Ward in Maun, Manonthotho Raditshego, appeared before Francistown High Court Judge, Moses Chinhengo, to answer to charges of murder of two people.
Leading evidence in court, one of the witnesses revealed that it all began when the accused, who works for the Department of Environmental Health in Maun, continuously uttered death threats that he would kill five people when they were at a government trip at Pom Pom Safari Camp in Okavango.
“The accused uttered words of threats everyday and even accused me of having a relationship with his girlfriend,” he told the court.
The witness told court that he always took the sentiments by the accused lightly until one day when he went to the extent of brutally assaulting his girlfriend and her friend.
They then convened a meeting at which he apologized for his deeds and everything was calm again. The witness went on to explain that there was another day when he threatened to kill five people and added that the witness would be one of them because he accused him of also being in love with his girlfriend.
On the 11th day of October the accused allegedly murdered his girlfriend and a co-worker after suspecting a relationship between the two. He then escaped but was later caught and arrested by the police and interrogated.
According to the charge sheet, the accused, on the 11th day of December in 2007 at Pom Pom Safari Camp near Okavango Delta, murdered one Monnawamakgoa Keamogetswe, a male colleague, and Kenewang Mmoko his girlfriend after a misunderstanding.
However, Raditshego, who is currently on bail, has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
The trial continues.