Double Murder Accused Demands Committal Of His Case


Double murder accused, Nelson Dibebe has pleaded with the prosecution to speed up the process of committing his case to the High Court for justice to take its course. This comes after the 28-year-old’ several bail applications were turned down by the magistrate’s court.

Dibebe who is accused for the brutal murder of his 60-year-old mother in-law and his seven-year-old stepson has been in custody for the past fourteen months since his arrest.

The accused person is alleged to have murdered Merafe Sianga, and Andile Camm at the old woman’s residence in Maun on February 13th last year. Dibebe allegedly butchered the deceased persons with an axe while they were asleep at around 0200hours.

The ordeal reportedly happened amid marital problems he was having with his 28-year-old wife who by then was on the run for safety from her husband.

Appearing before Maun Magistrate Keneilwe Kgoadi this week, Dibebe raised concern that the prosecution has been giving same excuses during his court mentions that there are several documents which they are still working on. He further argued that the prosecution is delaying committal of the case because they know he will be discharged and acquitted.

“I am looking forward for a discharge and acquital of this case, prosecution is just wasting my time. I want this case to be committed so that we settle it once and for all,” Dibebe said.

He also demanded for the prosecution to avail the investigating officer of the case in his next mention to confirm if they still object his bail application since investigations on the matter are complete.

Meanwhile state prosecutor Khani Khani who was holding brief for Dimpho Motseonageng indicated that investigations on the matter were complete but indicated that a postmortem report of the deceased has been sent back for correction.

Dibebe was initially denied bail in March last year after his family and that of his wife wrote a joint letter to Maun police Station Commander seeking that he be remanded in custody as they feared he might cause more harm. He was also denied bail in November last year and January this year.

The state feared that if released on bail the accused person would possibly go on to kill his wife Shirley Dibebe.

This, as the prosecution believed the accused was on the hunt to murder his wife when he allegedly murdered the two, who are believed to have been collateral damage in the matter.

The state also feared that if granted bail, Dibebe will abscond considering the seriousness of the offence he committed. The matter has been set for the 1st June 2023 for status update on committal of the case.


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