Boseja Murder Accused Remand Extended

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A Zimbabwean man facing two counts of murder and entering Botswana through an ungazzeted point of entry was this week had his remand extended by Maun Principal Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu.

On the first count of murder, the 45 year old Future Tshabalala is said to have on the 9th of January 2024 at Boseja ward unlawfully murdered one Oriah Keolopile of Boseja. On the second count the accused is said to have illegally entered Botswana through an ungazzetted point of entry.

Tshabalala’s remand was extended following prosecution’s plea for extension arguing that investigations on the matter are not complete and they are yet to collect statements from witnesses and awaiting to receive the deceased’s post-mortem.

Tshabalala whose plea was reserved opted to remain silent.

The accused person was initially denied bail by the presiding Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu in January on reasons that the accused person is a flight risk since he was nomadic in his residence and he did not have a permanent address.

 In a previous interview with Maun Police, Assistant Superintendent Kgakgamatso Koboyatshwene revealed that the alleged unsettling series of occurrences commenced on the 8th when the accused person, who the children of the deceased identified as someone they had not seen before, and their mother entered 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 the morning of the 10th 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 an examination confirmed her tragic death.

In the course of their investigative efforts, the police apprehended a 45-year-old Zimbabwean man from Bulawayo, suspected to be the unidentified individual who had entered the woman’s residence with her two nights prior.

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