The man charged for the brutal murder of his 12-year-old sister has been further remanded in custody pending his psychiatric assessment report.
This is as state prosecution this week pleaded for the extension of his remand assuring court that the accused person’s report will be ready in two weeks’ time. Prosecution further stated that the outcome of the assessment will have an impact on his bail arguments.
Furthermore, the prosecution stated that investigations on the matter are still ongoing and they are yet to collect statements from other possible witnesses.
Ogona Thabologang of Sedie Ward in Maun who is charged for the brutal murder of his 12-year-old sister in September this year.
Maun Magistrate Keneilwe Kgoadi had previously ordered for the accused to be taken for a psychiatric assessment after he showed unusual conduct during his previous court appearances. Thabologang was subsequently taken to Jubilee Psychiatric Hospital in Francistown on the 20th November for the assessment.
The psychiatric assessment report will be used to determine if the accused person is mentally fit to stand trial.
Meanwhile Thabologang has requested to be given trial dates for his case, but was subsequently informed that cases of this nature are heard at the high court.
Previously on his first court appearance on the 9th of September, when asked if he wanted to engage an attorney Thabologang told prosecution to proceed to the next question and the court interpreter took time trying to explain to him what was being asked. The accused person later opted to represent himself.
During his second court appearance on the 19th September when asked if he wanted bail, Thabologang told prosecution to do whatever it saw fit, and further said he was fine in prison. His responses left Kgoadi with no choice but to order an assessment for him.
Thabologang allegedly murdered the sister, Lesego Thabologang on the night of 4th September 2022 at Sedie in their bedroom and later took her body to a nearby bush and burnt it.
He is said to have then taken the police to the scene where they found the 12 year old deceased’s body burnt beyond recognition. The accused person however did not explain the reasons to committing the horrific offence.
The deceased was earlier reported missing by her 52-year-old father on the morning of the 5th September. Thabologang will appear in court again on the 14th November 2022 for status update.