Monday, September 21, 2020

P600 000 of money stolen at airport still unrecovered

In less than seventy-two hours, three suspects were nailed by law enforcement agencies that were assigned to investigate the mysterious theft of cash, amounting to close to P2 million and belonging to the Bank of Botswana that was being transported by Brinks Global Services.

Three Batswana men have so far appeared before court in connection with the matter.

The first accused person, Kealeboga Mogale (29), the alleged master mind, is facing two charges of stealing by servant and stealing goods in transit. The second and third accused, Khumo Monyana (27) and Boiteko Setshwantsho (31) are facing a charge of stealing goods in transit. All the accused were arraigned before the Gaborone Village Chief Magistrate, Lenah Mokibe-Moahile last Wednesday.

The prosecutor, Detective Superintendent Balibadzi Boy, only applied that charges be read to the accused persons and a plea reserved.

The prosecutor revealed to the court that the investigations were at an initial stage.

He also revealed to the court that only P1, 2m had been recovered and the remaining amount of about P600 000 is still missing.

He asked the court to remand the accused persons for fourteen days, saying the prosecution would have completed its investigations and added that there is a likelihood of finding the remaining amount during this time.

“I ask the court not to grant bail to the accused persons as they may interfere with our investigations, which are not complete,” said Boy.

Mogale, the first accused, is a former Police Detective at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. He told the court that he does not pose any threat to the police investigations as he assisted the investigators to recover some of the money and he had cooperated with the police during the investigations therefore he asked the court to grant him bail.

Monyana, an Accounts Clerk at Material Investigation Centre, decided not to say anything while Setshwantsho, who is unemployed, shared the same sentiments with Mogale.

Setshwantsho’s only say was that he did not know where the money was coming from but was just given the money.

All the accused were remanded in custody and will appear after fourteen days. It is during the second appearance that they will take a plea.

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