A 23-year-old police officer, Tshepho Letsholo, was on Friday arraigned briefly for mention before Extension II magistrate, Enock Mazonde, on a single count of armed robbery.
Letsholo, a police officer stationed at Tshabong police station, was arraigned together with co-accused persons, Charlie Ncube (26), Shepherd Tswatswa (31), Oageng Gabatshwane (26), Moagi Letsholo (23) and Gaolatlhe Mosupi (27) for allegedly robbing Choppies supermarket in Ramotswa of thousands of pula at gun point.
The court records say on July 1, 2006, the six accused persons at Choppies Supermarket in Ramotswa, and armed with a shotgun and knives , stole P58 995-97, a cell phone and a wrist watch, all valued at P1 799, and used violence on Olemogile Moatlhodi by hitting him with the butt of the shotgun during the commission of the alleged crime.
The accused persons, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, will appear for mention again on February 23, 2007 for the setting of trial dates.
Charlie Ncube was remanded in custody for absconding whilst the rest were released on bail.
Meanwhile a 34-year-old Chinese was arraigned before Extension II magistrate, Enock Mazonde, for official corruption.
Lu Xian You, who was unrepresented, is said to have corruptly given Sgt Nkarabang P50 on November 24, 2006 at Ramotswa to persuade the not to charge him for illegally working in Botswana.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and is to appear for mention on February 23, 2007 when a trial date will be decided.