Two Boseja ward men in Maun who were last month remanded in custody for allegedly breaking into MIDAS spares shop and made away with goods worth P20 000 have pleaded for bail before the Maun Chief Magistrate, Thebeetsile Mulalu.
The accused persons, Brian Mokwena, Teddy Malepe, Atlarelang Maupo and other suspects who are reported to be still at large are alleged to have on the 3rd November 2022, acting jointly together, broken into the shop and stolen some properties.
The trio was arrested the following day but Malepe is said to have then escaped police custody.
Pleading for bail, Mokwena cited that he is a mechanic and since his arrest he left his clients’ vehicles unattended and fears that they may get stolen.
The second accused person, Maupo whom an order was previously made by Mulalu for him to be taken for medical attention has also pleaded for bail, indicating that prosecution has failed to abide by the court’s order.
“I should be granted bail so that I can take myself to the hospital for medical attention since prosecution has failed to do that,” he also pleaded.
Maupo further told court that his leg needs a conducive environment as it has sours that may get an infection. He added that according to his medical condition, the leg is not supposed to get in contact with water however he complained that prison cells use showers which he said makes it impossible for him to avoid it getting in contact with water.
However, State prosecutor Maitshwarelo Thomas requested for the accused persons to be further remanded in custody as investigations on the matter are still at an initial stage. Thomas 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.
She feared that should the accused persons be granted bail they will interfere with possible state witnesses.
“We are hoping to have arrested suspects who are at large, recovered other items and also recorded statements from witnesses by the next mention,” Thomas told court.
The accused persons who were then remanded in custody will appear in court again on the 13th of December for status update. The Chief Magistrate also made a second order for the second accused person to be taken for medical attention.