Monday, January 17, 2022

Police shoot and kill Zimbabwean murder suspect

Last week, Tonota Police in the Central Administrative District shot and killed a Zimbabwean murder suspect following a scuffle between them and the suspect which occurred in Ditladi village. 

According to a press release from the Police, the deceased was a suspect in a case of murder and the police had been in pursuit of him in the buildup of the incident.

“Police in Tonota are investigating an incident in which a Zimbabwean man was shot by the police following some skirmishes with them in Ditladi village on the 7th of January 2016,” partly reads the press statement.

Apparently the deceased was a suspect in the murder of one Tshepo Habana, who is also a Zimbabwean national. Three other suspects, Farai Dube, Canious Ncube and Pati Sibanda who are also Zimbabwean nationals were on Monday arraigned before Francistown Principal Magistrate, Dumisani Basupi in connection with the murder incident.

According to the charge sheet, the three accused and the other suspect who is currently on the run murdered Tshepo Habana in Ditlatsana ward in Ditladi village on the 7th of January 2016. The accused are not represented and their plea has been reserved.

The prosecutor, Sub Inspector, Kenneth Edward from Tonota Police Station on Monday pleaded with the court to remand the accused in custody as investigations are still at a preliminary stage.

“This is a fresh matter and the investigations are still at an initial stage. We are also waiting for a postmorterm report and the next of kin to the deceased have not been informed. One of the accused person is still at large,” he added.

The prosecutor also said that the accused are a flight risk as they also do not have travel documents and non of them has a permanent area of residence in Botswana. He also warned that the accused do not have any business interests in Botswana which would lead to them skipping the country. 

The accused have been remanded in custody and they are yet to appear in court on the 25th of January 2016. 

Meanwhile three men from Tshwaane Cattle Post near Sowa Town, Refilwe Merafhe, Dikgakololo Babagore and Meleko Kganetso also appeared before Francistown Principal Magistrate, Dumisani Basupi to answer for a single count of defilment. It is alleged that on the 20th of November 2015, the three accused persons had sex with a 23 year old mentally disturbed woman.

The trio has pleaded not guilty to the offence. The prosecutor, Sub Inspector Daniel Mothusi from Nata Police Station said that investigations are complete and they are intending to call seven witnesses.

“We have furnished the accused persons with statements and we are due to call seven witnesses,” he said. 

The accused persons are not represented and they are out on bail. Their next mention will be on the 25th of January 2016.

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