Nine In Court For Stock Theft

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Nine men comprising of eight Batswana and a Zimbabwean appeared before the Maun Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday accused of stealing stock.

The accused persons, Mareka Mmotana, Ntholang Mokhutswane, Clifford Kula, Kewagamang Radithapi, Regis Dzamrira, Butler Pelontle, Ketshepang Chabadietile, Thatho Ngambe and Mogomotsi Masole are alleged to have on or about 14th August 2023, acting jointly and with common purpose stole nine cows belonging to Joseph Gaetsalloe from his farm.

According to court papers, on the day of the incident, the complainant reported that his nine cattle were stolen from his farm and slaughtered in the bush.  Investigations were carried on by the police and this led to the arrest of the accused persons. During the investigations, nine heads and six hides (skin) of cattle were recovered through the help of the accused persons.

On Wednesday the accused persons were given bail despite the prosecution’s objection. Prosecutor Ford Morupisi demanded the accused persons to be remanded in custody arguing that investigations on the matter are still ongoing and that the other accused person is still at large.

However, the defense lawyer Charles Tlagae who is representing three of the accused persons (Kewagamang Radithapi, Ntholang Mokhutswane and Butler Pelontle) argued that his clients should be given bail because the prosecution has failed to advance sufficient reasons why his clients should further be remanded in custody.

He further indicated that the prosecuting officer failed to bring the Investigating Officer of the case to court to give reasons as to why the accused persons should be remanded in custody. Furthermore, Tlagae assured the court that should his clients be given bail they will not interfere with any investigations and they will report themselves to the police whenever needed.

The other six also pleaded for bail so that they can seek legal representation.

In her ruling Magistrate Gofaone Mosweu said the prosecution failed to give enough reasons as to why the accused persons should not be granted bail. She added that the investigating officer of the case was also not called to give full details as to why the accused persons should be remanded in custody.

She subsequently granted them bail on condition that they bind themselves with P2000 each and also bring two sureties each who will also bind themselves with the same amount. She also ordered them not interfere with investigations and report themselves to Maun police station every Friday. The accused persons will be back in court again on October 9th, 2023 for status update.

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