Pub Murder Suspect Granted Bail

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A 21-year old man of Botshabelo ward who is accused to have recently stabbed another 26-year-old man to death at a local bar in Maun has been granted bail by the Maun Magistrate Court.

Charged with a single count of murder, Motshidisi Atholang allegedly stabbed Rebaone Ntema with a knife on the neck following a misunderstanding leading to the victim losing his life. The incident reportedly occurred at Dikgoshi Chillas Pub in the early hours of March 27th.

Chief Magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu granted the accused person bail following prosecution’s withdrawal from opposing Atholang’s bail application. Backtracking on the bail objection, State Prosecutor Sergeant Mmoloki Boshati noted that they have recorded statements from all witnesses so the accused person’s bail will not affect investigations on the matter.

The accused person was then subsequently granted bail on conditions that he does not interfere with the police investigations nor make contact with possible state witnesses. He was also ordered to bind himself with P2000 and also report himself to Maun Police Station every month end without fail.

Chief Magistrate Mulalu also ordered the accused person to not commit a similar offence while on bail. His plea has been reserved and he will appear again for next mention on the 25th of May this year.

Meanwhile the court has further remanded in custody a 35-year-old man of Boyei ward who is charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend and damaged her cell phone.

Tlhokomelang Mpinang is alleged to have on the 22nd March around 23:00 threatened to kill Keitumetse Ketlaleka by uttering the words “ke tla go bolaya a bo ke go lathela mo toilet (I will kill you and throw you into the toilet) after accusing the victim for cheating on him with a certain man at Shashe ward.  

The accused is said to have then proceeded to assault the complainant and smashed her cell phone with a hammer, removed sim cards and broke them into pieces. Mpinang is now facing two separate counts, one of threat to kill and the other of causing malicious damage of property.

His further incarceration follows state prosecution’s plea with the court to remand him arguing that investigations on the matter are not yet complete. Sergeant Mmoloki Boshati indicated that they are yet to record statements from two other state witnesses and they are expecting to have done so by the next court proceeding. Bail ruling on the matter will be delivered on the 26th April 2022.

In his previous court appearance Mpinang pleaded to be granted bail arguing that he the sole provider and takes care of his elder sibling in Makalamabedi who is epileptic. He further revealed that he also looks after his siblings small stork arguing that they are likely to go astray if he is remanded in custody.

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