Maun Old Mall Murder Accused Remanded

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Maun Principal Magistrate Chandapiwa Molefi this week remanded a 36-year-old man of Sanyedi ward for allegedly causing the death of one Kedibonye Gakesolofele in the old mall of Maun over the past weekend.

The accused person Kavindama Mangomba who is facing a single charge of murder is said to have on the 25th May 2024 killed Gakesolofele by hitting him with a soft ball bat.

Appearing before Molefi on Tuesday, the accused person pleaded to be granted bail citing that he owns a tuck shop which has since stopped operation since his arrest adding that he is in possession of people’s products which he needs release.

Mangomba further pleaded to be granted bail arguing that he has minor children who he said he solely takes care of.

Molefi however told the accused person that given the nature of the crime and the fact that the matter is at its initial stage the accused person cannot be granted bail.

State prosecutor Chipo Bulawa had no response to the bail application issue by the accused as the magistrate had already addressed it.

Particulars of the offense are that on that fateful day around just after midnight, the suspect was seen by security officers assaulting the deceased with a softball bat. It is said that the security officers’ interventions failed as the suspect persisted hitting the deceased all over his body.

Mangomba is said to have been furious alleging that the deceased was stealing from his tuck-shop. It is further alleged that the securities officers left the scene to go and get help from other members of the public to assist them to break off the assault.

On their return to the scene it is said that the officers found the accused person still hitting the deceased who was now bleeding on the head.

After being able to break off the assault the security personnel are said to have taken Gakesolofele to Letsholathebe II Memorial hospital where he was certified dead upon arrival.

The accused person will appear on June 11, for status update.

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