Magistrate Recuses Herself From Alleged Nephew Killers Case!

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Maun Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu has recused herself from a case in which two brothers of Mophane Ward in Maun are alleged to have murdered their nephew. This was not before she remanded the duo.

The accused persons Oduetse Jamba 35 and Phillimon Jamba 45 who are facing a single count of murder are said to have on the 10th May 2024 acted jointly and with common purpose murdered Dimpho Peter who is their nephew.

Magistrate Mosweu has cited that she is a friend to a cousin of the accused persons, and her recusal paved way for Maun Principal Magistrate Chandapiwa Molefhi to take over the case. Molefhi presided over the matter for status update this week.

Appearing before Mosweu recently, state prosecutor Disang pleaded for the accused person to be remanded in custody arguing that murder is a serious offence and that the matter was still at an initial stage.

Disang pleaded to address the bail matter in the next mention where prosecution will avail  the Investigating Officer (IO) to give reasons as to why the accused person should be remanded. The accused person opted to remain silent.

According to court documents the Jamba brothers are said to have on that fateful day been found whipping the deceased who was tied with a rope to a house window, using sticks and a plastic axe handle.

The accused are said to have alleged that the deceased had a tendency of stealing belongings of other family members. While assaulting Peter, the accused persons’ two sisters are said to have tried to stop them but failed.

The deceased is said to have subsequently become weak from the beatings and started having difficulties breathing, where upon the two accused persons then took the deceased to the hospital but were not attended by health officials since they did not have a police report.

The duo is alleged to have then taken the deceased back home where they laid him under a tree and later on the same day, the deceased’s sister noticed that he was motionless. The matter was reported to the police and the deceased was certified dead upon arrival at the hospital by a medical doctor.

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