Mopipi Headman Murder Trial Postponed To 2023

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Trial for a murder case in which Mopipi Headman Kesogofetse Patelelo was allegedly murdered by his wife and her alleged secret lover has been postponed to January 10th 2023.

The trial was initially set to commence before Maun High Court Judge Bugalo Maripe on November 11th this year.

The wife, Seoneni Patelelo and her co-accused person, Peter Forbes allegedly and jointly attacked and strangled the deceased and later dropped him by the road and ran him over with a car on June 27, 2017. The two are said to have then confessed to the murder following their arrest.

According to court papers, the accused are alleged to have on that day at around 12 midnight traveled from Tati Siding to Mopipi to the deceased’s and first accused person’s matrimonial home. It is said that upon arrival the wife allegedly told her secret lover that the deceased person was abusing her and she wanted to deal with and teach him a lesson.

It is alleged that Forbes then proceeded to knock at the door, and when the deceased opened, the duo jointly attacked and strangled him until he became unconscious.

Patelelo’s wife is alleged to have then undressed him off his pajamas and dressed him with a trouser and a t-shirt. They are said to have then proceeded to load him into the car and drove to the main road heading towards Letlhakane.

Upon arrival they are said to have then placed him on the road, and his wife allegedly took over the car and drove over her husband after Forbes refused to do it as per her request.

The deceased was reportedly later found by a passerby lying motionless along the road towards Mopipi Junior School who subsequently reported the matter to the police. He was then taken to the hospital where he was certified dead while the accused persons were later arrested. The accused persons are out on bail while awaiting trial.

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