Convicted For Kicking 16-Months Old Baby To Death

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  • Mentally sound and fit to take plea
  • Habitual abused alcohol and dagga
  • He was not the biological father of baby
  • Pleads guilty 10 years later

Francistown High Court today (Wednesday) convicted 42-year-old Mpho Sefhemo for kicking to death his lover’s one year and four months old baby.

Sefhemo a former herdboy at Moselane cattle post near Mahalapye, changed his plea of not guilty, a few minutes before trial commenced before Judge Tshegofatso Mogomotsi.  Sefhemo confirmed in a packed court, that he fatally kicked Kelebogile Aaron’s (his girlfriend) baby boy several times. While assaulting the child Sefhemo wore safety boots.

Facts read in court state the former herdboy who was perpetually drunk and smoked dagga, on 18 December 2014 picked up his lover’s baby who was crying. And threw the little one face down on the ground. Upon realising what Sefhemo had done, Kelebogile rushed to pick up her baby and fled into the house. Hot in pursuit, Sefhemo followed mother and child, continued to assault the defenseless boy, this time kicking him repeatedly in the stomach, head and back.  Until the baby rolled out from the house into the yard.

It was only late at night, that his girlfriend noticed her son was not moving. Panic struck, Sefhemo and his lover alerted a neighbor of the incident. Police were alerted, and the motionless baby was declared dead at Mahalapye hospital. Sefhemo awaits judgement in custody

Meanwhile in another matter, 33-year-old Boitshepo France was this week arraigned before Francistown Magistrate Court for the murder of 53-year-old Andrew Moleele.

This after Police in Matshelagabedi this week made a breakthrough in the horrific murder of retired Botswana Defense Force nurse who was found buried and decomposed in a shallow grave in the backyard of his home.

France was nabbed by the police in Kasane on Saturday. The law enforcement officers were able to link jailbird France with the murder of Moleele after properties belonging to the deceased nurse were sold to some individuals.  Upon questioning, the individuals divulged that they bought the items from France.

Appearing before Principal Magistrate Tshepo Kabelo Magetse, this week, court learnt that France has eight previous convictions for theft in Matshelagabedi, Matsiloje and Francistown.  The 33-year-old has a pending murder case before Francistown High Court.  With his chequered history, Principal Magistrate Magetse denied France bail.

“To highlight the seriousness of this offence, the courts cannot be seen to be dishing out bail willy nilly to accused persons who could and or have easily linked to similar offences”, highlighted Magetse.

Magetse ruled that, “on the ground of the previous conviction records that there is a high possibility that if granted bail pending trial, he would be linked to at least, further house breaking cases. The accused person cannot be trusted with conditional bail.”

France was denied bail until his case is committed to High Court. The accused returns to Court on the 20th of June.

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