Murder Cases On The Rise In Maun!


In a worrisome trend of murder incidents in Maun recently, police have registered yet another one, a weekend just after two similar cases were recorded last week.

With the third case happening in a short period of time hardly after the two gruesome ones, Maun Acting Police Station Commander, Assistant Superintendent, Joseph Lepodise expressed concern that the numbers are going up. 

He said since January up to date they have registered a total of five cases involving three men and two women.

In the recent incident, Lepodise revealed that in the early morning of June 1st at around 0745am they received a report about someone who was seen by Cut Price parking lot lying motionless and seemingly injured.

Upon arrival at the scene, police found a 19-year-old man of Shashe Ward who they immediately rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he was certified dead by medical doctors.

Lepodisi said though they do not know the exact cause of his death as yet their suspicion however is that the deceased could have been murdered as he had severe wounds which appeared to from a sharp object.

The assistant superintendent indicated that they have not yet arrested any suspects linked to the case and he has since appealed for information that could lead them to the culprits.

The deceased’s body is currently lying at the hospital morgue awaiting post mortem and his family was able to identify him.

Last week 36-year-old man, Kavindama Mangomba of Sanyedi Ward appeared before Maun Magistrate’s Court charged for the murder of one, Kedibonye Gakesolofele in the old mall of Maun on May 25th. The accused person is said to have killed Gakesolofele by hitting him with a soft ball bat alleging that the deceased was stealing from his tuck-shop.

Another 29-year-old man of Disana ward was also on Tuesday same week arraigned before Maun Principal Magistrate Chandapiwa Molefi for allegedly killing a certain woman of the same residence. The accused allegedly stabbed the deceased with a knife in the chest and she later succumbed to the injuries.

The murder cases are increasing at the time when Maun residents have of recent been fearing for lives as they are being terrorised by a group of some unknown culprits who assault and steal their valuables. This publication is aware of some incidents in which victims have encountered attacks that mostly occurred at night and early in the mornings when some were headed for work. The culprits who reportedly move in groups pounce on the unsuspecting victims’ and walk away with their valuables like cellphones, clothes and cash among others.

Though the acting station commander said they are not aware of a gang terrorising people he has however confirmed that they continue to receive reports about people’s phones being stolen mostly at entertainment spots or when victims are returning from them. He has since appealed to the public to provide the police with information that can lead to the apprehension of the culprits.


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