Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Police officers accused of killing an off duty wildlife officer

Two Botswana Police Service (BPS) officers based at Mogoditshane police station are at the centre of investigations following the death of a Wildlife officer. The deceased is believed to have been pushed out from a moving vehicle in an incident that happened almost a month ago.

Information gathered by The Telegraph shows that the deceased’s family has since decided to take legal action against BPS as they suspect foul play.

It is understood that the two police officers involved were called to calm a dispute between the deceased and his girlfriend in Gabane village that led to the deceased being apprehended. The deceased was apparently assaulted by the alleged officers and was pushed out from a moving vehicle while being handcuffed.

On Monday, Detective Superintendent of Broadhurst police station Lenkwetse Philemon confirmed that they are investigating a case in which a suspect died in police hands sometime in April. 

“Investigations are still ongoing to determine the circumstances that might have led to the death of the deceased. At this juncture I would not pre-empt the outcome of the investigations”.

He added that he is not sure exactly when the investigations will be complete as in most cases an investigation takes time.

He stated that once the investigations are complete, the docket will be forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Meanwhile the deceased family spokesperson Tirelo Makgane told this publication that sometime in April this year the deceased had an official trip from Maun to Gaborone and went to Gabane where his girlfriend stays.

He said some misunderstanding between the former couple erupted in which the police were called to calm the tensions. This resulted in the deceased being handcuffed and taken by two police officers to Mogoditshane police station.

He said the deceased did not resist arrest but was handcuffed and taken into a police van. He indicated shortly during the day they were informed that the deceased had sustained serious injuries and had been hospitalised  

 “As the family we strongly believe that the deceased was purely murdered by the police and we will take legal action against BPS”, Makgane said. 

Makgane also indicated that the family engaged a private pathologist to conduct a post-mortem which showed that the deceased sustained back-head injuries.

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