DPP Rejects Faulty Police Statements In Murder Case

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The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has resolved to return to the police for amendments faulty statements of a case in which an elderly couple of Hyena Veld farms near Makalamabedi are charged with a single count of murder.

The statements will determine whether Letlhogonolo Seloilwe and Kopano Moneto have a case to answer in the matter. It surfaced in court on Monday through State Prosecutor Sergeant Mmoloki Boshati that the documents have some faults.

During a status update, Boshati told court that the case docket which was on August 2022 forwarded to the DPP will be forwarded back to police for amendments. Both accused opted to remain silent.

Information brought before court is that the duo together with the deceased were entertaining themselves at Tshwaragano 1 Ranch at Hyena Veld on the 27th December 2021 when suddenly the deceased allegedly started harassing the couple and a fight allegedly escalated.

Seloilwe is said to have taken a metal rod and hit the deceased on the forehead and the deceased fell on the ground and became unconscious. It is alleged that the second accused person Moneto then proceeded by taking an axe and allegedly chop the deceased on the head at the back while he was lying unconscious on the ground.

The matter was then reported to the police leading to the arrest of the duo while the victim was taken to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead.

Seloilwe and Moneto were then remanded in custody and later granted an unopposed conditional bail in which they were requested to report to Maun police every month end and that they do not interfere with investigations.

They were also ordered to not commit any criminal offence while on bail and that they attend court mentions as and when required to do so.

In their previous court appearance following Seloilwe’s plea for state to re-consider their bail variations to report to Boseja Police post instead of Maun police, the state has since allowed the duo to report at Boseja police post every month end.

“We are currently unemployed and we cannot afford to mention at Maun police as assigned hence we plead with the court for us to instead report at Boseja police post which is a walking distance from where we stay,” Seloilwe pleaded.

The accused persons will appear again on the 9th March 2023 for status update.

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