Maun Chief Magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu this week remanded in custody three men alleged to have broken into MIDAS spares shop in Boseja Ward and stole goods worth P20 000.
Brian Mokwena, Onalenna Malepe, Atlarelang Maupo and two other suspects who are still at large are alleged to have committed the offence between the 3rd and 4th November this year.
The accused are alleged to have, acting jointly together, broken into the shop and stolen goods which included among them, a variety of bondi-blu sun glasses, a variety of Willard car batteries, a variety of bata safari shoes, sound hoover, power base, 6 by 9 cable set, 21 socket pieces and 3 homemade toiletry bags, all worth of P20 000.
State prosecution has since requested for the accused persons to be remanded in custody as investigations on the matter are still at an initial stage. Prosecution further told court that they are yet to make arrests on other suspects as well as recover some of the properties which they were unable to recover when arresting the suspects.
The state will bring the investigating officer of the case for the next mention to get into the details of why the accused persons should further be remanded in custody.
For his part the third accused person Maupo who complained of not being well requested to be taken for medical attention and be given an opportunity to get his medication from the hospital should they remand him in custody. Mulalu subsequently ordered prosecution to assist the accused person whenever there is need.
The accused persons who have since pleaded not guilty informed court that they will engage attorneys as the case proceeds. The accused persons will appear for bail argument on the 5th of December 2022.
Before the same court, Mulalu also remanded in custody Elvis Chikore (34), Monga Seboko (42), Thabo Lethata (24) who were on the 24th October 2022 allegedly found with a cow carcass which they failed to provide proof of ownership.
The first accused person Chikore was also charged for illegally entering Botswana through an un-gazetted area in 2004. The foreigner is said to have been illegally residing in Botswana since then.
Prosecution requested for the accused persons to be remanded in custody and for bail matters to be discussed on their next mention where they will present an investigating officer to give reasons as to why the accused persons should be denied bail.
The accused persons who are currently remanded in custody will appear on the 5th of November 2022 for bail argument.