Police Probe Prison Murder Incident


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Maun Police have launched an investigation in a case in which a Zimbabwean inmate was allegedly killed by his Motswana counterpart at Maun Prison this past weekend.

In a statement early this week, Botswana Prisons Services reported that the deceased, Michael Phuti (31) succumbed to serious injuries he suffered during a brawl with Osego Mosetlhane (36) of Kgaphamadi Ward in Ghanzi who is popularly known as Cyborg.

The incident occurred on Sunday, 8th at around 2300hrs. According to the BPS statement, the Zimbabwean national who resided in Magapatona Ward in Tutume Village was immediately rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where he died the following day.

“Details on the circumstances leading to the incident have not yet been established as investigations are still ongoing,” read a statement from BPS.

In an interview, Maun Police Acting Station Commander Assistant Superintendent Kgakgamatso Koboyatshwene revealed that police are still conducting investigations to establish what really transpired on the night of the incident. He indicated that there are about 38 cellmates whom they are yet to interrogate for further investigations.

According to Koboyatshwene, the deceased was convicted for robbery and he was serving 10 years for the offence but could not confirm as to what the suspect was convicted for.

Despite the unfortunate incident, BPS said it remains committed to ensuring safe custodial care of offenders under its care, correction through effective rehabilitation and reintegration programmes for the protection of the society.

Meanwhile Maun police are also investigating a case in which a 10 year old young girl of Botshabelo Ward was allegedly raped by an unknown man this past Tuesday. Assistant Superintendent Koboyatshwene confirmed that the incident reportedly occurred in the afternoon (around 1300hrs) at a nearby bush. Police however received a report at around 2030hrs from the victim’s mother.

He said the victim was on her way to play at her cousin’s house when she met the suspected culprit who reportedly then offered to buy her a mango and give her some money.  However, along the way, the suspect is alleged to have dragged the standard 6 pupil into a nearby bush where he then raped her before fleeing the scene.

Koboyatshwene said they have not arrested any suspect linked to the incident as the young girl did not know the man and could also not describe him. The acting station commander has since advised parents not to leave their children unattended to or under the care of other minors warning that doing so can be very risky and lead to such similar unfortunate incidents.


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