Court Remands 18-Year-Old Woman’s Alleged Murderer


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  • The deceased was a police officer’s daughter

A 32 year old man of Mochudi Village charged for the murder of an 18 year woman of the same village has further been remanded in custody by the Maun Magistrate’s Court.

The deceased, Rose Mokgatle was found lying motionless in her bedroom on Valentine’s Day at Boseja Ward by her father who is a police officer in Maun. The deceased was reportedly found with a cable tightly tied around her neck and she was confirmed dead upon arrival at Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital.

The accused person, James Tladi who is alleged to have fled the scene after the murder was later arrested and he has since been arraigned before Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu. The accused person who was reportedly in a relationship with the deceased has been remanded in custody to allow for police investigations to be completed which are said to be still at an initial stage.

The accused person whose plea was reserved will engage an attorney to represent him on the matter and he will appear on the 9th March for mention.

Tladi’s arrest follows after, the deceased’s boyfriend who is also a son to a police officer stationed in Maun was also arrested and questioned about the matter, but he was later freed on the basis that there was no evidence linking him to the crime.

Meanwhile, a Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) pastor, Marvin Radihephi  who is charged for the murder of a suspected sex worker will know his fate on March 28th as prosecution will varnish court with DNA test results of a used condom which was reportedly discovered at the scene.

The DNA results will either link or exonerate the 40-year-old pastor from the crime.

 The deceased, a Zimbabwean national, 48-year-old Warricious Bhunu was allegedly murdered in her rented house at Sanyedi Ward in December last year. The deceased was reportedly discovered by her friend who then informed neighbours and the matter was reported to the police.

Radihephi was later arrested as a key suspect on the matter after investigations revealed that he was seen by the deceased’s house on the day of the incident. He is alleged to have killed the deceased after soliciting sex services from her.

The accused person who is represented by prominent Maun based lawyer, Charles Tlagae is out on bail.


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