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Godfrey Kgosiemang of Bombadi Ward in Maun who is facing two charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and malicious damage of property has been granted bail by the Maun Magistrate’s Court.
On the first count, the 31-year-old is alleged to have on the 29th November 2018 at Chobe Ward in Maun unlawfully used a Toyota Camry motor vehicle belonging to one, Gobolokang Monare. He is thereafter on the second count alleged to have wilfully and unlawfully damaged the front and rear windscreen, back right door glass and pack lights of the same vehicle thereby causing total damages worth P10 476.51.
Appearing before Magistrate Keneilwe Kgoadi on Tuesday for a case management conference, Kgosiemang who had his bail revoked after failing to honour its conditions pleaded not guilty to both counts.
Kgosiemang who did not deny using the motor vehicle told court that he can prove that he used the car legally as there was consent. He also refuted damaging the car but claimed that he took it in the same state it was found in by the police.
The accused person pleaded to be granted bail so that he can be able to locate his witness whom he claimed not to have his contacts, adding that he also does not know his current place of residence. Kgosiemang claimed that the said witness had relocated from where he previously resided by the time of the incident.
When granting the accused person bail, Kgoadi ordered him to report fortnightly on Mondays at Maun Police Station and also for him not to commit a similar offence. He was also ordered to bind himself with an amount of P3000.
“I am giving you another opportunity to get your liberty back, go and look for your witness,” Kgoadi gave the accused a word as he granted him bail.
The accused person who was advised to study the witnesses’ statements to prepare for trial will appear on the 4th September 2023 for commencement of trial.