Rape Suspect Pleads Not Guilty


Oteng Ramaeba, aged 28 of Boseja Ward in Maun has pleaded not guilty to a single charge of rape before the Maun Magistrate’s Court.

Ramaeba who is currently out on bail is alleged to have on the 1st September 2021 at around 0700 hours in the morning had canal knowledge with the identified complainant without her consent at Matshwane ward in Maun.

It is alleged that on that fateful morning, the victim who worked at a landfill boarded a taxi to work and when it dropped her off she met with the accused person who allegedly informed her that he was also heading to the landfill.

Along the way in the bush, it is alleged that Ramaeba took out a knife and instructed the complainant to give him her cell phone before raping her.  It is alleged that the accused person also threatened to kill the victim with the knife after raping her and then fled the scene making away with her cell phone.

The matter was reported to the police and investigations were launched leading to the arrest of the accused person.   During his appearance the accused person did not say much, but rather pleaded not guilty to the charge. He will appear for Case Management Conference (CMC) on the 14th March 2023.

Before the same court, Chief magistrate Thebeetsile Mulalu remanded in custody a 49-year-old man of Mathamagana lands in the Ngami area who is facing a single count of murder.

The accused person Bathibedi Mosarwa is alleged to have on the 1st of February 2023 at Mathamagana lands unlawfully assaulted Kesetse Gabolae causing him injuries. The deceased was reportedly rushed to Letsholathebe II Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to the injuries the following day.

During his appearance on Tuesday, Mosarwa whose plea was reserved pleaded to be granted bail assuring court that he will abide by its conditional orders.

When asked where he will stay if granted bail, Mosarwa indicated that he has a place of residence in Maun. He further assured court that Gabolae’s family will not attack him in Maun should he be granted bail.


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