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A Zimbabwean man facing two counts of murder and that entering Botswana through an ungazzeted point of entry was this week denied bail by the Maun Chief Magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu.
On the first count of murder, the 45-year-old Future Tshabalala from Bulawayo is said to have on the 9th of January 2024 at Boseja ward murdered one Oriah Keolopile of the same area. On the second count the accused is said to have illegally entered Botswana through an ungazzetted point of entry.
Delivering the bail ruling Mulalu indicated that he took into consideration the fact that the accused person is a flight risk since he was nomadic in his residence as he did not have a permanent address. He added that he also took into account the fact that Tshabalala entered Botswana through an illegal point of entry.
“The court subsequently finds it proper to refuse to grant the accused person bail on grounds that he lacked the requisite candidacy for such,” Mulalu said.
The accused person opted to remain silent and he will appear in court again on the 5th February 2024 for status update.
Maun Police Assistant Superintendent Kgakgamatso Koboyatshwene previously revealed that the accused person and the deceased were on the 8th January reportedly seen by the children of the residence entering the woman’s house.
The duo reportedly remained locked within the confines of the house from the evening of the 8th until the 10th. According to Koboyatshwene, as at the morning of July10th unfolded, the deceased’s children, growing increasingly concerned about their mother’s well-being, ventured into her room. Their distress heightened when they reportedly found her unresponsive, lying motionless on her bed.
The police were immediately notified and they swiftly went to the scene. Koboyatshwene reported that the woman was then rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where a comprehensive forensic examination confirmed her tragic death.
In the course of their investigative efforts, police apprehended the 45-year-old Zimbabwean man, suspected to be the unidentified individual who had entered the woman’s residence with her two nights prior.