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A case in which a 21-year old man of Sedie Ward in Maun is accused of brutally murdering and burning his 12-year-old sister beyond recognition in 2022 is scheduled to be committed to the high court end of this month (January 30th).
The high court will then decide whether the accused person, Ogona Thabologang is fit to stand trial or not. This comes after his psychiatric report revealed he suffers from anti-social personalities characterised by excessive substance abuse and aggressiveness towards community members.
Thabologang went through a psychiatric assessment as a recommendation from the presiding chief magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu’s after he noticed Tlhabologang’s unusual conduct during his previous court appearances. He was subsequently taken to Jubilee Psychiatric Hospital in Francistown on the 20th November 2022 for assessment.
The accused person is alleged to have murdered his sister Lesego Thabologang on the 4th of September 2022 around 2030hrs at Sedie in their bedroom and later took her corps to a bush near their home where he burnt it beyond recognition.
He is said to have thereafter reportedly confessed to the offence during interrogation following his arrest. The accused also reportedly took the police to the scene where they found the 12-year-old deceased’s body burnt beyond recognition. Thabologang however reportedly did not explain the reasons why he committed the horrific offence.
The 21-year old has on several attempts failed to get bail since his arrest in 2022, and this according to Mulalu is because a psychiatric report revealed that the accused person suffers from anti-social personalities characterised by excessive substance abuse and aggressiveness towards community members hence he is not fit to be around the community. He noted that unless the psychiatrist made changes to the report that is when he may consider his bail application.
This week, state prosecution told the chief magistrate that they have been furbished with all necessary documents regarding the case adding that they will be able to commit the case to high court on the accused person’s next mention being on the 30th January 2024.