Monday, January 17, 2022

‘I want to become State witness’ – Indian killer suspect

An unidentified suspect in the murder of an Indian national who is also on the run has told the state that should he become a state witness, he would direct the investigating officers to where the exhibits used to commit the offence are hidden.  

Four suspects, Tebogo Matho, Refilwe Mosweu, and Karabo Molefe all of Old Naledi as well as Kagiso Kgangyapelo of Mogoditshane who appeared before the Village Magistrate charged with a single count of murder while the fifth unidentified suspect who has expressed his wish to turn into an accomplice witness is still on the run.

The five men are accused of killing a 45-year-old Indian national, Mahesh Suryakant Brahme. in Phase 2 in Gaborone last month.

State prosecutor, Thabo Nzwinila, told the Village Magistrate court on Friday that the unidentified suspect had promised to turn up and become an accomplice state witness. Nzwinila said the accused persons should not be granted bail because investigations were still at an initial stage.

“The four accused persons are reluctant to release information or direct the investigating officers as to where the exhibits are. We have not recovered the exhibits used to commit the offence and the fifth accused person has promised to direct the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) to where the exhibits are,” he said. Nzwinila pleaded with the court not to grant the accused persons bail saying if granted bail they are likely to communicate with the fifth accused person who is on the run.

“They will stop him from releasing the information or take us to where the exhibits are; hence we are against bail being granted. They have been charged with murder but when committed to the High Court, a charged of armed robbery will be added,” said Nzwinila.
 
The accused persons who were not represented accused the state of failing to link them to the offence. 

“I was not arrested at the scene. We have been taken into custody for reason because there is also no evidence linking me to the offence. We have furnished the DPP with all that they had requested from us,” he said. He added that he and his colleagues had cooperated with the police and they had not tempered with investigations in anyway.

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