After his bail application was rejected twice double murder accused, Nelson Dibebe has not given up on his request as the 28-year- old this week yet again made another desperate plea for the court to allow him to await his trial outside.
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 nine months.
The accused person is alleged to have murdered Merafe Sianga, and Andile Camm at the old woman’s residence in Maun on February 13th this year. Dibebe allegedly butchered the deceased persons with an axe while they were asleep at around 0200hours.
The ordeal reportedly happened amid ongoing marital problems he was having with his 28-year-old wife who by then was hiding for safety.
Appearing before the Maun Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu on Monday, Dibebe made another bail attempt pleading with court to grant him an opportunity to wait for his trial at home.
“The court should give me bail so that I prove prosecution wrong on their allegations that I will abscond from my court appearances,” the accused person pleaded.
He further argued that though the law states that a person is not guilty until proven so, the prosecution is doing the opposite, arguing that he is being treated like he is guilty as evidenced by objections to his bail applications since his arrest in February.
Meanwhile state prosecutor, Dimpho Motseonageng told the court that investigations on the matter were still incomplete adding that they are in a process of committing the matter to the high court for trial.
Dibebe was initially denied bail back in March 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.
Investigating Officer (IO) of the case, Keotshwaretse Molatlhegi also told the court that they 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. According to Molatlhegi they feared that if granted bail, Dibebe will abscond considering the seriousness of the offence he committed.
“One of the people he killed is an innocent minor, he is likely to face the hangman if found guilty and that is enough reason for him to abscond. He tried to use the child to get to his mother and when it failed he killed him in full view of other witnesses,” added Molatlhegi. The matter has been set for the 24th November 2022 for bail hearing.